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Hildreth sees Somerset to victory

TWENTY20 CUP MID/WEST/WALES DIVISION, Taunton:
Somerset 177-3 beat Worcestershire 176-8 by seven wickets


James Hildreth
Somerset's James Hildreth saw his side to victory with an unbeaten 48

Worcestershire's three-game Twenty20 Cup winning run ended as Somerset defeated them by seven wickets.

Somerset's win at Taunton leaves them in a three-way tie at the top of the Mids/West/Wales division with Northants and Warwickshire on 10 points.

Chasing 176-8, Marcus Trescothick (34 off 17 balls) and Justin Langer (44) got the home side off to a flier.

James Hildreth (48no) and Craig Kieswetter (31no) then saw Somerset home with an over to spare.

Not surprisingly, on the notorious batsman-friendly Taunton track, Worcestershire ran up one of their best scores of this year's Twenty20. Only the 188-5 they posted in beating Gloucestershire at Bristol was higher.

Ben Smith led the way, hitting two sixes and three fours in his rapid 44 in 24 balls, backed by Stephen Moore (40) and Moeen Ali (36).

But Somerset's vastly experienced openers Trescothick and Langer, boasting a combined age of 72, soon showed that it was not enough.

Trescothick got the Sabres off to a roaring start, hitting four fours and two sixes and sharing an opening stand of 61 inside six overs with Langer, who went on to make 44.

After they were both out, man of the match Hildreth and Kieswetter then took over to see their side home with a full over to spare.

Charl Willoughby (2-24) ensured there were few easy runs early on in the Royals' innings, bowling his four overs straight through from the Old Pavilion End and removing Steven Davies lbw with a full-length ball and Vikram Solanki (21) to a catch at mid-wicket off a full toss.

At the end of the six-over fielding restrictions the visitors had only 37 on the board and a modest score looked likely when the total moved to 69 after 10.

But Moore then hit three fours and a six before top-edging an attempted pull off a Peter Trego full toss. And Smith, dropped on eight by Max Waller off Alfonso Thomas, cut loose along with Moeen.

Ashley Noffke added a six and a four and it needed two wickets in the final over, bowled by Alfonso Thomas, to keep the total below 180.



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