Live T20 updates: Glamorgan v Somerset at the Swalec Stadium
GLAMORGAN continued their stunning start to the Twenty20 campaign with a nine-wicket thrashing of a star-studded Somerset side at the Swalec Stadium last night.
It was the Welsh county’s fourth successive win in the tournament as they boosted their hopes of achieving quarter-final qualification by establishing themselves as the group’s pacesetters.
The latest victory against one of the leading T20 outfits in county cricket was the most significant.
Glamorgan demonstrated why they now resemble a T20 team who are comfortable in their approach and know where their strengths lie.
Marcus North’s men had restricted Somerset to 125 for six with Peter Trego top-scoring with 40, while Graham Wagg continued his outstanding T20 campaign with three wickets.
Glamorgan easily chased down their victory target of 126 with 28 balls to spare thanks to man-of-the-match Jim Allenby (47 not out), Chris Cooke (42 not out and Mark Wallace (30 from 19 balls).
Glamorgan’s new-found T20 success has started to attract the crowds again with almost 9,000 flocking to the Swalec Stadium last night to witness the latest victory.
The county’s bosses were hoping to break the record attendance for a domestic T20 match which was 9,200 against Gloucestershire in 2010 when Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait made his debut.
Glamorgan just fell short on this target with 8,719 coming through the gates but it was a superb atmosphere which proved searing sunshine and Friday night cricket was very popular.
Glamorgan had also started the competition with three wins against Warwickshire and Worcestershire while Somerset had triumphed in their first two matches.
Somerset won the toss and elected to bat but captain Marcus Trescothick was enduring one of the most barren runs of his illustrious career having suffered four consecutive ducks.
That was almost number five but he survived a strong lbw shout from Allenby with the third ball of the innings.
Somerset made a sedate start with just nine runs from the first three overs.
Wagg proved yet again he is Glamorgan’s golden arm in this competition by dismissing Trescothick and Kieswetter in successive balls.
Trescothick holed out to Cooke at deep square-leg before Kieswetter was bowled.
Former Glamorgan captain Alviro Petersen, greeted by a few comedy boos, survived the hat-trick ball.
But the South African failed to last long as he was bowled in the next over by Michael Hogan as Somerset slipped to 15 for three.
Trego gave a chance on two to third man but Nick James misjudged the catch and the ball went for four.
Trego and James Hildreth helped Somerset to consolidate as the pair shared a sensible fourth-wicket stand of 62 in 55 balls.
Hildreth (29) was bowled attempting to sweep McCullum in the 14th over while England dangerman Josh Buttler dragged onto his own stumps from Dean Cosker for one.
Craig Meschede hit two huge sixes off Wagg and McCullum as he upped the Somerset tempo with 30 from 22 balls.
But he became Wagg’s third victim with two balls remaining with Cosker taking the running catch at deep square-leg.
Glamorgan were indebted to two fine overs at the death from Hogan and Wagg which yielded only 13 runs.
Wallace and Allenby started superbly with an opening stand of 51 in six overs.
Wicket-keeper Wallace was extremely fluent with a breezy 30 from 19 balls which included four fours and a six before he was bowled by Yasir Arafat.
This was from the final delivery of the six powerplay overs before Allenby and Cooke guided Glamorgan to 77 after 10 overs.
Cooke lifted the temp with two sixes from one Trego over before Allenby hit the winning runs in the 16th over to complete the hammering.
Glamorgan now visit Northamptonshire on Sunday.
Toss and Team news
Somerset won the toss and elected to bat. Glamorgan named an unchanged side from the team who defeated Warwickshire last Sunday.
Somerset included former Glamorgan captain Alviro Petersen, alongside England stars Marcus Trescothick, Josh Buttler and Craig Kieswetter.
Glamorgan: M Wallace, J Allenby, C Cooke, M North, M Goodwin, B Wright, N McCullum, N James, G Wagg, D Cosker, M Hogan.
Somerset: M Trecsothick, P Trego, A Petersen, C Kieswetter, J Hildreth, J Buttler, C Meschede, Y Arafat, A Thomas, G Dockrell, M Waller.