Cricket: Somerset hold off Glamorgan in tense finish
PUBLISHED: 19:53 21 April 2019 | UPDATED: 19:53 21 April 2019
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Glamorgan fell three runs short of recording an astonishing victory against Somerset in the Royal London One-Day Cup match at Cardiff.
The hosts, replying to Somerset's score of 261-9, looked a beaten side at 21-5 in the sixth over.
However, David Lloyd (84) and Graham Wagg (62) gave Glamorgan hope, before Lukas Carey and Timm Van der Gugten put on 57 for the final wicket to make sure of a pulsating finish.
Somerset chose to bat after winning the toss, and were restricted to 35-2 after the 10-over powerplay.
Marchant De Lange, who proved very expensive in the opening two games, bowled a much better line and dismissed the openers in his first overs.
Azhar Ali attempted to cut a rising delivery and the edge was parried by wicketkeeper Chris Cooke to slip, where Lloyd held a one-handed catch.
Tom Banton, who had struck De Lange for six over square leg two balls earlier, then feathered a catch to Cooke.
Somerset were relying on the experienced duo of Peter Trego and James Hildreth to rebuild the innings and they put on 48 for the third wicket, before Trego received a beauty from former Somerset all-rounder Craig Meschede that pitched outside off-stump then nipped back to remove the leg bail.
Tom Abell also offered some resistance, helping Hildreth to add a further 57 before the introduction of Marnus Labuschagne induced a mid-innings collapse.
The Australian, signed as a batsman, has also impressed with his leg-spin, and he captured the next three wickets. Abell was stumped, Lewis Gregory was similarly deceived, before Hildreth, after a composed 67, was caught attempting to clear long-off.
At 185-8 with 10 overs remaining Somerset were well below-par, but Craig Overton (41 not out), Tim Groenewald (23) and Josh Davey (22 not out) carried them to 261-9.
Glamorgan were in deep trouble in the sixth over, with half their team back in the pavilion as Overton and Josh Davey found reward for bowling a full, accurate length.
Charlie Hemphrey and Craig Meschede fell for ducks and have now managed just 20 runs in six innings opening the batting, while Labuschagne managed just a single.
Ducks for Billy Root and Kiran Carlson worsened Glamorgan's plight and Cooke made just 10, but Lloyd and Wagg dug in and showed that, with application and careful shot selection, there were no hidden terrors in the pitch.
Lloyd passed 50 from 63 balls, but after adding a further 34 runs, was bowled by Roelof Van Der Merwe, ending a 99-run stand for the seventh wicket with Wagg.
Glamorgan were in contention while Wagg was at the crease but once he was caught at mid-off, it became a tough ask for the final pair, with 51 runs needed from the last 10 overs.
However, Carey and Van der Gugten had other ideas and it appeared they had won the game until Van Der Merwe struck with the first ball of the penultimate over to make sure of a two-run win for Somerset.