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 .