GLAMORGAN’S hopes of Twenty20 quarter-final qualification took a dent as they suffered a second successive defeat.
Following their last-ball loss to Northamptonshire, Glamorgan slipped to another defeat as they were overwhelmed by Somerset at Taunton by 64 runs.
England batsman Josh Buttler’s explosive 19-ball 48 helped Somerset set a commanding total of 199 for six.
Dean Cosker took two for 18, but Glamorgan conceded 20 extras with the visiting attacking missing the medium pace of Jim Allenby because of a side strain.
Allenby gave Glamorgan a good start with a superb 69 from 39 balls, but when he was dismissed by spinner Max Waller, the Welsh county’s hopes faded.
Glamorgan were bundled out for 134 in 18.1 overs as Waller finished with four wickets and also took two brilliant catches.
Somerset are supposed to be a county in crisis and former coaches Brian Rose and Jimmy Cook are now working for Glamorgan in consultancy positions.
They were also missing influential captain Marcus Trescothick but this proved irrelevant as they avenged their nine-wicket hammering in Cardiff eight days ago.
Somerset also kept alive their hopes in this tournament and heaped the pressure on Glamorgan and Northamptonshire.
Glamorgan still have eight points from six matches having won their first four games.
But with their previous healthy run rate taking a battering in Taunton, Glamorgan will need to regain their momentum in their final four games starting against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham on Sunday.
Glamorgan captain Marcus North had returned after missing last week’s defeat against Northants and the county championship draw against Lancashire on compassionate leave following a family tragedy.
North won the toss and elected to field, but Somerset made a rapid start with the opening pair of Craig Kieswetter and Chris Jones putting on 56 from 27 balls.
Kieswetter was dismissed in the fifth over when he was stumped by Wallace off Nick James for 37 from 18 balls before Somerset finished on 70 for one after the six powerplay overs.
Graham Wagg took a wonderful catch at cover to dismiss Jones for 20 from Cosker’s first over. Peter Trego and Nick Compton consolidated as the pair shared a stand of 40 in 33 balls.
Trego skied a McCullum delivery straight up in the air to Wagg before Compton followed in the next over when he was bowled by Cosker.
McCullum claimed his second wicket when Alex Jones took a catch at deep mid-wicket to dismiss James Hildreth.
But the Somerset run rate increased in the 17th over when the gamble of giving James a fourth over backfired as Buttler and Craig Meschede took 27 from it.
Michael Hogan only bowled three overs but his final six balls cost 22 runs, which included two trademark brilliant Buttler scoops.
Buttler continued the assault against Wagg before holing out to Hogan from the penultimate ball of the innings.
Allenby, who brought up his 50 in 29 balls, ensured Glamorgan’s run chase started positively with a 73-run stand with Mark Wallace in eight overs.
Wallace struggled for 11 from 17 balls before he became Waller’s first victim with Buttler taking the catch.
Chris Cooke was caught by Kieswetter before Waller’s over changed the match when he dismissed Allenby and Murray Goodwin in identical fashion with Hildreth taking two catches at long-on.
Trego bowled Wagg before Waller’s brilliant return catch dismissed North for 16. Waller repeated the feat to oust McCullum and hand Steve Kirby his first wicket.
James and Cosker holed out to deep mid-wicket catches before Yasir Arafat ended the match by bowling Alex Jones first ball.