The Royal London One Day Cup final

The one day cup final and two very good team’s. Somerset unchanged from the semis Hampshire without Markram, Vince and Dawson. Hampshire won the toss and chose to bowl.

Somerset made a great start in the first powerplay with two wickets. Donald and Alsop the wickets to fall. Donald was caught at cover for 11 and then Alsop ( who had been put down the ball before from the same man) was caught at slip from Hildreth for 16. A first powerplay and Somerset had the upper hand with Hampshire 43-2. Somerset kept up the momentum with Weatherley being bowled by Gregory for 12. Rossouw counterattacked with his 28 coming in just 17 balls in partnership with Northeast. Jamie Overton then came on and bowled Rossouw chopping on trying to cut a ball that was to straight. This left Hampshire at 96-4 in the 19th over. Northeast and the new batsman Berg rebuilt for 14 overs with a partnership of 49. But then with his return, Jamie Overton had Berg caught at deep fine leg hooking for a valiant 27 of 42. Then an inspired bowling change with Tom Abell bringing himself on to get the wicket of Northeast. The glue to the Hampshire innings was bowled for 56 of 89. This left Hampshire in real trouble at 164-6 after 37 overs. The struggle continued when two more quick wickets fell. Wood and abbot wood perishing to the impressive pace of Jamie Overton caught at deep fine leg. However, Abbot fell off the impressive medium pace from Tom Abell. Hampshire was in real trouble at 180-8 with 65 balls left. Completely under the bar. But fuller was batting well and joined by Mason Crane. Together they rallied and put together 64 in 65 balls. The partnership completely carrying them to 244-8.

At the halfway stage Somerset was the happier of the two teams. Somerset would back themselves with Hampshire 50 odd under par.

Somerset made a very good start with Azhar and Banton putting away some very bad bowling from Hampshire. They reached 112 in the 20th over before the returning Fidel Edwards dismissed both the openers. Banton the first to go with Fiedel getting him caught behind with a very good short ball. Banton’s 69 of 67 was vital and the 19-year old showed a lot of maturities. In his next over Edwards had Azhar caught chipping another short ball up in the air. Somerset now 121-2 and Azhar out for a good 45. Somerset now needed a partnership. That’s what they got the two old Somerset heads combining with a partnership of 49. Then Trego fell for a gritty 40 ball 29. Somerset still needed 74 with 7 wickets left. Abell joined Hildreth going well on 40. Abell started okay supporting Hildreth but he fall hitting a short ball to a short mid wicket for a supportive 14. Somerset so close just needing 42 runs in 87 balls with 6 wickets left. Hildreth saw Somerset home in the end with a not out 69 of 68. A convincing win from Somerset.

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