Somerset boost quarter-final hopes by beating winless Glamorgan

Somerset boost quarter-final hopes by beating winless Glamorgan

Somerset regained their top four spot in the Vitality T20 Blast South Group by defeating Glamorgan by 25 runs.

The Taunton side returned to winning ways after their disappointing west-country derby loss in Bristol on Friday.

The tournament’s leading run-scorer Babar Azam led from the front with 63 before Max Waller took 3-19 to help Somerset to a comfortable victory against a still winless Glamorgan side.

Earlier, Tom Banton raced to 34 off 21 before Roman Walker had him caught behind for his first of two wickets on the night.

Batting seemed much easier during the powerplay; Somerset were 61-1 off 5.4 overs but then just 107-2 after 13.1 when James Hildreth was well run out by Colin Ingram’s direct hit for 22.

Babar Azam reached his 51 off 37 then hit 10 off two deliveries before a couple singles later he pulled Andrew Salter straight to Nick Selman in the deep, departing for 63 off 42.

Skipper Tom Abell scored 20 off 10 including his now trademark scoop and hard sweep for boundaries before slicing to a great Jerome Taylor catch running in from deep point.

Craig Overton did not last long and Eddie Byrom and Tom Lammonby were bowled in consecutive last over deliveries by Marchant De Lange who got a third by also bowling Roleof van der Merwe for seven.

The last over did wonders for de Lange’s figures, 3-36 off his four overs as Somerset finished on 177-8. 

Max Waller started off with a typically miserly opening over, then Jerome Taylor took a wicket with his first delivery, Shaun Marsh well caught by Hildreth low to his left for 2.

Withn Glamorgan 4-1, their overseas batsman gone, a couple of balls later it became 6-2 as star batsman Colin Ingram was run out by Abell’s direct hit for just one.

Glamorgan attempted to rebuild for a while, but Selman had to try and up the run rate eventually holing out to Waller off spin twin van der Merwe for 20.

Waller then added two wickets himself, trapping Chris Cooke lbw for one and bowling debutant Callum Taylor for one.

Taylor pinned the injured Dan Douthwaite lbw for five, Glamorgan reeling at 64-6 at the halfway stage of their innings.

David Lloyd came in at four and looked a class above his peers on his way to 63 off 37 while his teammates collapsed like a pack of cards around him.

It was his third 50 of Glamorgan’s 2019 Blast campaign out of just five all season for the Welsh side.

Marchant de Lange and Andrew Salter hit a couple of late lusty blows, but realistically Glamorgan never looked like winning this game.

Salter added a T20 best 39*, adding to his 1-24 from earlier in the night. 

Sussex have already qualified, but any of the other seven sides, excluding Glamorgan, could make the remaining three knockout stage spots in the T20 Blast South Group.

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