Saturday, June 19, 2010

de Bruyn downs Glos in Derby

t20: Somerset 200-4 beat Gloucestershire 199-8 by six wickets

Gloucestershire lost a crucial t20 group game at Taunton after Zander de Bruyn smashed Somerset past the visitors' stiff target.

Alex Gidman's side would have been delighted after the first innings, as Gloucestershire set another imposing total. But they will be distraught to have not defended a 10-an-over target.

After the success at Sussex, Gloucestershire again made an excellent score - above average for Taunton - and Steve Snell put his hand up for a permanent role as wicketkeeper/batsman with a maiden t20 half-century from just 26 balls.

James Franklin had failed for the visitors, making 199 an even better effort. Even Abdul-Kadeer enjoyed the Taunton conditions, smashing 17 from just seven balls.

But while the batting has picked up in recent matches, the bowling hasn't looked dangerous enough and in every t20 match thus far, save Surrey, Gloucestershire have conceded healthy scores.

Weight of runs was the saviour at Hove but Somerset have players to overcome any weight of runs. Kieron Pollard smashing five almighty sixes and de Bruyn's innings was enough for the home side to win the derby.

Steve Kirby - in his first t20 match of the season - was the only bowler to escape with credit: four overs for 24. Vikram Banerjee was due a disaster and his four overs cost 54 as Somerset cantered home with seven balls to spare.

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