Somerset need 146 to win against Leicestershire in Final

Somerset need 146 to win against Leicestershire in Final

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Published on: Aug 27, 2011

Somerset's bowlers gave their team a good chance of avenging last year's final defeat as they fought back to restrict Leicestershire to 145 for 6 from 20 overs.

Somerset's bowlers gave their team a good chance of avenging last year's final defeat as they fought back to restrict Leicestershire to 145 for 6 from 20 overs.

After the crazed pair of semi-finals where rain had intervened to create two wildly fluctuating games, the Leicestershire innings was more steady. Yet having been 78 for 1 at the halfway stage, Leicestershire would have been disappointed to add another 67 in the following 10 overs. Nevertheless chasing under lights in late English summer is not straightforward and the crowd could be set for a third thriller out of three.

Josh Cobb's hit or miss approach up at the top came off with his 10-ball 18 giving the innings early impetus before Will Jefferson and Abdul Razzaq set about laying a strong platform.

Jefferson, especially, profited pumping ArulSuppiah's left-arm spinners for successive sixes, one down the ground and a humungous smear to scatter the crowd over cow corner. Razzaq was less fluent, bothered by the turn and bounce both Suppiah and particularly MuraliKartik were generating.

None the less the reintroduction of Alfonso Thomas - whose opening over disappeared for 17 - helped kickstartRazzaq. Twice Thomas offered enough width for Razzaq to flay at. At 91 for 1 off 11 Leicestershire looked set to post something massive but Kieron Pollard - first with ball and then in the field - helped check things back.

His third over mixed slow and slower balls which proved too wily for Razzaq who popped back a limp return catch to depart for a run-a-ball 33. The big wicket, in every sense, of Jefferson came eight balls later with Suppiah darting a quicker ball past an attempted sweep to send the batsman on his way for 35.

Paul Nixon was promoted as Andrew McDonald - the tournament's highest scorer - was held back but there was to be no romantic finish as Pollard held on to what became a spectacular catch. The chance shoved down the ground was simple enough but Pollard spilled the first offering, and two more rebounds, before clutching on at the fourth attempt. For the second time in the day Nixon left the field to rousing applause.

Finally James Taylor - one of the brightest batting talents in the country - made it to the middle with Leicestershire's innings in danger of petering out. The evening drew in and batting looked increasingly tricky. Ones and twos were scampered but valuable boundaries denied.

Eventually McDonald was smartly pouched on the cover boundary by Thomas to give Pollard a second wicket. Taylor, however, broke the barren run by uppercutting a four off the next delivery and White smashed the first ball of the final over through cover. The last five balls brought eight more runs, tellingly none in boundaries, to leave Somerset with 146 to make.

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