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Langer steers Somerset to victory

FRIENDS PROVIDENT TROPHY, GROUP B, Lord's
Somerset 293-5 (39.1ov) beat Middlesex 341-7 by five wickets (D/L method)
(Somerset 2pts, Middx 0pts)


Justin Langer
Langer's innings was only his second in one-day cricket this season

Justin Langer played a captain's innings to secure Somerset a five-wicket win in their rain-affected FP Trophy clash with Middlesex at Lord's.

Chasing a twice-revised 290 to win in 41 overs, Langer (78 not out) shared a fifth-wicket stand of 128 with Zander de Bruyn (70) to see his side home.

It was tough on Middlesex, who had earlier posted their record one-day score of 341-7.

Phil Hughes made 119, while Owais Shah hit 82 and Neil Dexter 65 not out.

Middlesex had already set a new county record for the FP Trophy this season when making 322-5 against Kent on 11 May.

But they consigned that to the history books and even went one better by beating their previous best all-time one-day score of 337-5, also against Somerset in the National League at Southgate in 2003.

Australian opener Hughes was key to that, sharing partnerships of 151 with Shah and 89 with Dexter on his way to scoring his first one-day century for the county.

Middlesex's highest one-day scores
341-7 v Somerset (FP Trophy, 17 May 2009)
337-5 v Somerset (National League Div Two, 13 July 2003)
333-4 v Gloucs (Totesport League Div One, 17 July 2005)
325-5 v Leics (B&H Cup, 2 May 1992)
322-5 v Kent (FP Trophy, 11 May 2009)

Shaun Udal also played a part, smashing two sixes and three fours in scoring 29 off only 12 balls at the death as the Somerset attack was put to the sword.

A short rain break before the visitors' innings meant they were never going to have to overhaul that total as they were instead set 333 to win in 48 overs.

They began their run chase at a frantic pace, with Marcus Trescothick and Craig Kieswetter scoring at better than a run a ball.

Middlesex made a breakthrough when Gareth Berg bowled Kieswetter for 40 off 31 balls, only for Ben Phillips to start an onslaught of his own, smashing 24 off only 13 deliveries before falling victim to Steven Finn.

James Hildreth swiftly followed and Middlesex were certainly in the ascendency when Udal caught Trescothick off his own bowling for 62 at 148-4.

Langer and de Bruyn steadied the ship and put Somerset back in with a fighting chance at 209-4 off 31.4 overs when another shower had the players dashing back to the pavilion.

At that stage Somerset were just three runs behind the par score on Duckworth/Lewis, meaning Middlesex were on course to secure the win they needed to realistically keep their hopes of reaching the quarter-finals alive.

But the rain cleared and Somerset showed little mercy in scoring the revised 81 they needed off 9.2 overs, with Peter Trego hitting the winning runs with 11 balls to spare.

Only a surprise win for Scotland over Kent on Monday, coupled with a home win for Middlesex over Warwickshire can now keep alive their hopes of qualification, while Somerset can look forward to a home tie in the last eight.



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