Somerset returned to winning ways in the London Bank One Day Cup with a resounding win against a strong looking Warwickshire team that took the cider county to the top of the group B table with 5 points, but having played one more game than the two teams below who have a similar points haul.
The team were led by a handsome century from Peter Trego and a good all-round performance from new boy Tim Groenewald who is proving to be a very useful asset to the cider men.
Warwickshire won the toss and put Somerset in to bat and had early success when Nick Compton was out having scored 12 of Somerset’s 16 runs up to that point. It was slow but steady stuff after that with the visitors 28 for 1 after the first 10 overs. But Tregs took control and scored a brilliant 101 in 103 balls hitting 6 four’s and 4 sixes.
He had to get over losing his captain in a run out when Tres was on 41 and the Somerset score 85 and enjoyed a stand of 92 with Colin Ingram (47) before Ingy was third man to depart. Tregs himself was out with the score on 264 for 4 after 46.1 overs.
Somerset captain Tres had surprised a few people by sending in Groeners at number 5 in the order with 35 overs gone undoubtedly to put bat to ball after Tim had batted well against Kent in this competition lower down the order. The tactic worked and Groeners scored an excellent 57 that included 7 four’s and 1 six as he and Tregs put on 87 for the 4th wicket. Tim would be the 5th and final Somerset wicket to fall when he sportingly walked to a catch behind by Ambrose off Gordon. Proof that the spirit of Cricket is alive and well after all.
There were decent cameos from Baz (13) and Hildy (16) as 15 runs were taken from the final over to leave Somerset 2 runs short of a morale boosting 300. But 298 for 5 is a very good score and you have to say the tactics employed were first class. The haul was well paced keeping wickets in hand and clearly Groeners is being groomed to force the pace at key stages of the innings and this worked well. He is no Jos Buttler – there can be only one of him – but he is more than capable of giving it some tap.
With the woeful bowling performance against Kent still fresh in the mind the Somerset bowlers knew they had to bowl well throughout to keep the game out of reach of the Bears. Porterfield had hit the first ball of the innings for 3 runs but he was first to fall with Alfonso’s first ball in the second over. Jonathan Trott eased things helping Warwickshire to 46 before he was out caught by Tres to give Tim the first of his three wickets. When Jack Leach struck to remove Coleman the Bears were 73 for 3 and it now looked a tall order for the Birmingham side.
Tim Ambrose had helped himself to 33 and the score to 129 when he became Groeners 2nd victim and his 3rd came two balls later as Clarke came and went for a duck. 129 for 5 and Somerset’s game to lose.
From thereon it was just about finishing the job in hand. Somerset took wickets regularly with the only resistance coming from Laurie Evans who hit a defiant 50 before he was 6th man out with the scoreboard on 154.
Patel was 7th out with the score on 167 and Gordon joined him in the hutch 3 balls later and Javid 2 runs later and game was over on 169 for 9. Hannon-Dalby was the last man out for 11 as Warwickshire were 181 all out handing Somerset a convincing win by 117 runs.
Alfonso took 3 for 30 and Tim 3 for 37 but all the bowlers were tidy.
The match scorecard on Cricinfo:
So two wins in four games leaves Somerset top with 5 points ahead of Kent and Notts who both have the same points playing only 3 games each. Agonisingly 2 more runs against the former and 1 more run against the latter and Somerset would have 4 wins in 4 and maximum points! But there you go.
It was tough on Warwickshire who have now suffered back-to-back defeats. They had nine missing for this game including two from the team that beat Essex in the T20 QF last Saturday: Varun Chopra, out with a thigh strain, and Boyd Rankin called up by England Lions.
They joined an absentee-list already comprising Ian Bell and Chris Woakes (England) and Jim Troughton, Chris Wright, Keith Barker, Paul Best and Tom Milnes (injured).
They have 4 points from their 4 games played.
Next up for Tres and the boys is Middlesex at the home of Cricket on Thursday. Bring it on!
After the game Peter Trego spoke to the club’s official site. He said: “It always feels good to get a ton especially on a Test ground and a relatively challenging pitch. We had some good partnerships tonight starting with Tres up front who batted against some good bowling on a challenging wicket and then Colin came in and we picked up the momentum straight away, then the real match swinger was when Tim Groenewald came in and hit his runs off not many balls, which allowed me to sit up the other end and knock the ball around and find the boundaries when I could.
“Throughout my innings there were guys down the other end doing a fantastic job so all credit to them and it was finished off well by Baz and Hildy who ended with a nice little partnership at the end.
“The wicket gave the bowlers a little bit of help and they bounced back well after the last game against Kent. They showed their quality tonight and it was great for Lewis and Groeners and Fonz to get the rewards they deserved.”