Somerset vs Hampshire, Taunton
James Vince and Liam Dawson’s scintillating efforts with the bat were trumped by a masterful five-wicket haul by Jerome Taylor as Somerset beat Hampshire by 16 runs in the T20 Blast South Group encounter on Wednesday (August 1). In a bizarre looking scorecard, Vince and Dawson alone scored 156 runs between them with the rest of the batters contributing a mere 20. Taylor first dismissed Rilee Rossouw and Tom Alsop off consecutive deliveries to reduce the visitors to 37 for 4 before Vince and Dawson collaborated to lead Hampshire’s recovery.
The two batsmen kept playing their shots and added 82 for the fifth wicket before Taylor came back to get rid of Vince. Dawson then took over and continued to keep his side in the hunt before his run out shifted the momentum towards Somerset. Taylor then completed his five-wicket haul by picking up the final two wickets in the last over of the chase to bowl his side to a memorable win.
There was a five-wicket haul earlier in the day as well with Chris Wood causing plenty of damage in the powerplay to reduce Somerset to 17/3. James Hildreth’s measured half-century and vital cameos down the order from Corey Anderson, Lewis Gregory and Roelof van der Merwe helped the home side turn things around and post almost 200 on the board. Wood picked two more wickets in his final spell to finish with five scalps but still managed to end up on the losing side with the Hampshire batters failing to compliment Vince and Dawson.
Brief scores: Somerset 197/7 in 20 overs (James Hildreth 57, Corey Anderson 32; Chris Wood 5-32) beat Hampshire 181/9 in 20 overs (Liam Dawson 82, James Vince 74; Jerome Taylor 5-15) by 16 runs
Sussex vs Gloucestershire, Hove
A vital cameo from Jack Taylor was instrumental in Gloucestershire picking up a nervy four-wicket win over Sussex at Hove. Chasing a modest 128, the visitors found themselves in a spot of bother despite scoring 54 after seven overs for the loss of a solitary wicket.
Rashid Khan and Danny Briggs struck twice each in the chase to reduce Gloucestershire to 80/4 but Ryan Higgins held the innings together to ensure his side didn’t collapse further. At a critical juncture in the game, Taylor struck four quick boundaries to score an unbeaten 23 off just 10 deliveries to guide his team past the finishing line with ten balls to spare.
Earlier in the evening, Sussex made a miserable start after opting to bat first. While Philip Salt was run out, David Payne struck twice to leave Sussex reeling at 27/4. Laurie Evans then stitched two crucial partnerships of 29 and 30 before getting dismissed by Tom Smith for 46. In the end, Sussex had to rely on Jofra Archer and Chris Jordan to drag them past 120 as they eventually finished with 127 on the board, a total that proved to be quite short.
Brief scores: Sussex 127/8 in 20 overs (Laurie Evans 46, Jofra Archer 26*; David Payne 2-15, Andrew Tye 2-25) lost to Gloucestershire 129/6 in 18.2 overs (Miles Hammond 35, Jack Taylor 23*; Rashid Khan 2-14, Danny Briggs 2-24) by four wickets
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