Middlesex Panthers suffered a six wicket Yorkshire Bank 40 defeat by Somerset at Taunton. On an excellent one-day wicket, Middlesex made 252-9 in their forty overs which probably about thirty runs short of what it should have been. Middlesex rested John Simpson, bringing in Adam Rossington to keep wicket and also brought in Corey Collymore in place of Toby Roland-Jones.
After Somerset won the toss and asked Middlesex to bat first, Chris Rogers and Dawid Malan gave the Panthers a good start by putting on 73 runs for the first wicket. After 29 runs came off the first six overs, Rogers scored four boundaries in the next three overs as Middlesex reached 61-0 after ten overs. Dawid Malan then hit three fours in Jamie Overton’s second over but when Meschede came on at the River End, Rogers hit the second ball to deep mid-wicket where Petersen took a good catch to dismiss Rogers for 29 (off 26 balls).
Paul Stirling joined Malan and the pair took Middlesex to 98-1 after 16 overs before Malan pulled a Max Waller long-hop straight to Hildreth at mid-wicket to be dismissed for 49. Joe Denly joined Stirling who hit Waller for a six over backward square-leg but in his following over, Waller got his revenge when he took a return catch to dismiss Stirling for 28. Waller missed a more difficult return chance offered by Rossington in the same over before he switched to the River End.
Denly and Rossington took the score to 139-3 in the 24th over before Rossington was caught on the mid-wicket boundary by Gregory, off Waller’s bowling for twelve. Neil Dexter joined Denly and the pair took Middlesex to 187-4 after 32 overs at which point, they took the batting power-play. After six runs came off the first over of the power-play, fifteen runs came off the next one from Lewis Gregory and eleven from Steve Kirby’s next over. However, when the total had reached 222-4, Neil Dexter was LBW to Gregory for 37.
Denly reached a 55 ball fifty with his sixth four but Gareth Berg managed only a single before he was caught down the leg-side by the ‘keeper off Kirby’s bowling. James Harris joined Denly with the score on 229-6 in the 37th over and the pair added a further sixteen runs before Harris was caught by substitute fielder Jamie Barrow for five. After a bye off the fourth ball of Kirby’s over, Joe Denly was caught by Petersen at deep mid-wicket for 60 (off 61 balls) and Kirby then took his third wicket in the over when he sent Tim Murtagh’s middle stump cartwheeling to reduce the Panthers to 246-9 after 39 overs.
Tom Smith and Corey Collymore scored six runs in the final over of the innings from Meschede as the Middlesex innings ended on 252-9. Steve Kirby had figures of 4-52 from his eight overs with Max Waller taking 3-39 in eight overs with his off-spin.
In reply, the Somerset openers, Marcus Trescothick and Peter Trego got the hosts off to a flying start with nine fours being scored as Somerset reached 56-0 after only seven overs. Gareth Berg then replaced Collymore in the attack at the Old Pavilion End, and off his first ball, Trescothick played a loose shot and was well caught at the wicket by the diving Adam Rossington for 28. Suppiah, who has struggled for runs in the LV= County Championship this season, scored seven runs off the remaining balls of Berg’s over.
Runs continued to flow with the hundred coming up in only the 14th over and Trego reached a 46 ball fifty (6 fours) in the 16th over. Dawid Malan was brought on to bowl his occasional leg-breaks, but his two overs cost twenty runs as Somerset reached 153-1 after twenty overs. Suppiah reached a 39 ball fifty (4 fours) before Tom Smith replaced Malan at the Old Pavilion End. Trego hit the first ball of the over for a straight six but he fell in the same over when Chris Rogers took a well-judged catch at long-on to dismiss Trego for 81 (off 67 balls).
Alviro Petersen joined Suppiah with the score on 166-2 in the 22nd over and the pair added a further seven runs before Suppiah attempted to upper-cut a James Harris delivery over the wicket-keeper but got a top-edge and Rossington took the catch to dismiss Suppiah for 60. Corey Collymore replaced Harris at the River End but eighteen runs came off his over with Hildreth hitting him for three fours. Petersen then hit Tom Smith for a six as Somerset reached 206-3 after just 28 overs.
A further seventeen runs were added in four overs before Somerset took their batting power-play. However, Tim Murtagh struck with the second ball of the power-play as Petersen was caught by Tom Smith at deep mid-off for 17. Josh Buttler joined Hildreth at the wicket and he made 23 off just 12 balls as he finished the match off by pulling a James Harris delivery for a six over mid-wicket. James Hildreth was37 not out as Somerset won the match with 25 balls to spare.
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