Somerset win by three wickets – Full match report below
New Glamorgan cricket consultant Brian Rose watched his old Somerset side defeat the Welsh county by three wickets at Taunton.
Before the start of the Yorkshire Bank 40 clash, Rose opened a set of gates named in his honour after being involved with Somerset for almost 50 years.
The former England batsman stepped down as Director of Cricket last season and is now a Glamorgan cricket consultant after compiling a report Welsh cricket.
In his seven-year Somerset stint, Rose took the county from the bottom of the pile and transformed them into a major force in the domestic game.
Glamorgan will be looking to bank on this experience of winning tight matches as they again contrived to throw away their chance of victory.
Ben Wright’s unbeaten 75 was well supported by captain Marcus North (46) and Dean Cosker (37) and guided Glamorgan to 245 for nine after recovering from 38 for three and 143 for seven.
Cosker’s golden arm, including a burst of three wickets in eight balls, had helped put Glamorgan into a winning position but a Simon Jones over which cost 26 runs proved the defining moment.
Craig Meschede (40 not out) was the destroyer and was joined by Max Waller (25 not out) with both batsmen posting career-bests and allowing the hosts to celebrate victory with 10 balls to spare.
Glamorgan were left rueing some poor bowling and dropped catches as they suffered their second successive 40-over defeat. Their opening couple of victories in this tournament now seem like a distant memory.
Somerset won the toss and elected to field with Will Bragg and Mark Wallace riding their luck in the opening overs.
But Wallace could feel unfortunate after he was given out caught down the leg side by wicket-keeper Alex Barrow from Meschede.
Glamorgan lost two wickets in Jamie Overton’s first over. Chris Cooke made the news this week when he became a YouTube sensation after amazingly hitting a flying clay pigeon with bat and ball at a T20 promotional day that was watched by more than 23,000 people on the Internet.
But Cooke’s only big hit at Taunton landed straight into the hands of Dean Elgar at deep square-leg, while Bragg (26) holed out at third man to leave Glamorgan struggling on 38 for three.
Glamorgan were relying on their experienced middle order but Jim Allenby fell to a superb catch behind from Barrow, while Murray Goodwin could only manage to guide a short Waller delivery to James Hildreth at mid-wicket.
Captain North consolidated the innings with Wright but the Australian fell four short of 50 when he received a superb Overton rising delivery and was caught by Hildreth.
Graham Wagg contrived to run himself out while Wright, who was only included in the side at the expense of Will Owen as Glamorgan decided to pick an extra batsman, was joined by Cosker who immediately went on the attack.
Wright, who has been promoted to open in the county championship, brought up his 50 in 43 balls while Cosker blasted 37 from 27 balls including two sixes.
The rapid eight-wicket stand of 89 in 55 balls, a Glamorgan record against Somerset, ended in the penultimate over when Cosker holed out to Overton at from Elgar’s left-arm spin which also accounted for Michael Hogan.
But some late blows from Wright set Somerset a victory target of 246.
There was a lively start with Peter Trego and Marcus Trescothick striking boundaries from Hogan and Wagg,
Trego survived a difficult dropped catch from North on nine from Hogan’s bowling but the Australian held on to a dismiss Trescothick from Wagg.
This brought under-fire England opener Nick Compton to the crease but he failed to boost his hopes of an Ashes place
Former England fast bowler Simon Jones dismissed him in his first over with Allenby taking the slip catch as the Welsh seamer gave a clear send-off to Compton who trudged back to the pavilion.
But Jones ecstasy turned to agony when he dropped Trego on 32 at short fine-leg from Cosker.
The Glamorgan spinner was left frustrated as Trego struck him for three successive fours to bring up his 50 in 43 balls.
The third-wicket stand of 95 ended when Trego was bowled by North for 72 with the Somerset opener taking his tournament total to 394 in five innings,
Elgar brought up his 50 before Cosker struck three times in two overs. Wright’s catch accounted for Elgar before the spinner trapped Hildreth lbw and bowled Arul Suppiah for six.
Glamorgan looked in control before the first over of the batting power play bowled by Jones conceded 26 runs with Meschede doing the damage and changed the game.
Wagg bowled Alex Barrow lbw but was also guilty, along with Jones and Hogan of some loose death bowling as Meschede and Waller eased Somerset home.
Toss and Team News
Glamorgan lost the toss and Somerset elected to field.
Glamorgan made two changes from the side who lost to Gloucestershire with batsman Ben Wright replacing seamer Will Owen and Michael Hogan coming in for Mike Reed.
Before the game started there was a reception for Brian Rose, the former Somerset director of cricket, who is now a cricket consultant with Glamorgan after compiling into the state of the Welsh game.
Somerset: M Trescothick (capt), P Trego, N Compton, D Elgar, J Hildreth, A Suppiah, A Barrow, C Meschede, J Overton, S Kirby, M Waller.
Glamorgan: W Bragg, M Wallace, C Cooke, M North (capt), J Allenby, M Goodwin, B Wright, G Wagg, D Cosker, S Jones, M Hogan.