SEARCH

Somerset knocks out Aces in a thriller

A. Joseph Antony
print   ·   T  T  
STRIKING EARLY: Somerset's Peter Trego (centre), who dismissed the Aces openers, gets a pat from his teammates. — PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU
STRIKING EARLY: Somerset's Peter Trego (centre), who dismissed the Aces openers, gets a pat from his teammates. — PHOTO: K. RAMESH BABU

Somerset stole a last-ball victory over Auckland Aces in the Nokia Champions League's Pool B qualifier at the Rajiv Gandhi international stadium on Tuesday, thus bringing the curtains down on the Antipodean side's campaign.

Spurred by a sixth-wicket stand of 61 between James Hildreth and man-of-the-match Steve Snell, Somerset was on the very threshold, needing five off the last over.

Michael Bates it was at the firing line for the Aucklanders and Hildreth, attempting a second, was run out with a ball and a run remaining for victory. Captain Alfonso Thomas lofted the left-arm pacemen into the covers for an easy single.

Earlier, Lou Vincent and Gareth Hopkins made sure that there was a measure of respectability to the New Zealand side's scorecard.

Their 49-run stand for the fourth wicket was the Aces' most productive partnership.

The scores: Auckland Aces: M. Guptill c Hildreth b Trego 9 ( 10b, 1x4), J. Adams lbw b Trego 0 ( 4b), R. Quiney lbw b Thomas 4 ( 4b, 1x4), L. Vincent (not out) 47 ( 47b, 3x4, 1x6), G. Hopkins (run out) 22 ( 22b, 2x4), C. Munro b Waller 6 ( 8b, 1x4), K. Mills b van der Merwe 10 ( 15b), R. Hira c Hildreth b Thomas 2 ( 3b), A. Adams (not out) 13 ( 7b, 1x6); Extras ( b-5, lb-6, w-1): 12; Total (for seven wkts. in 20 overs): 125.

Fall of wickets: 1-8, 2-14, 3-14, 4-63, 5-70, 6-97, 7-104.

Somerset Sabres bowling: Thomas 4-0-21-2, Trego 4-0-26-2, van der Merwe 4-0-25-1, Kartik 4-0-24-0, Waller 4-0-18-1.

Somerset Sabres: C. Jones c J. Adams b Mills 16 ( 11b, 3x4), P. Trego c Guptill b Bates 19 ( 24b, 2x4), R. van der Merwe c Mills b Hira 18 ( 16b, 2x4), J. Hildreth (run out) 34 ( 34b, 2x4), N. Compton c Hopkins b Bates 0 ( 1b), A. Suppiah c Hira b Martin 3 ( 8b), S. Snell (not out) 34 ( 24b, 4x4), A. Thomas (not out) 1 ( 1b); Extras ( lb-1): 1; Total (for six wkts. in 20 overs): 126.

Fall of wickets: 1-22, 2-52, 3-54, 4-54, 5-64, 6-125.

Auckland Aces bowling: Mills 4-0-36-1, Martin 4-031-1, Bates 4-1-13-2, A. Adams 4-0-30-0, Hira 4-0-15-1 .

More In: SPORT | Today's Paper

O
P
E
N

close

Recent Article in SPORT

Sarjubala, Pinki strike gold

Rounding off a reasonably successful campaign for India, S. Sarjubala (48kg) and Pinki Jangra (51kg) clinched gold medals at the 22nd Pre... »