Cricket News By TODAYLIVESCORE.INFO - Davey brilliance powers Somerset to finals with come-from-behind win. Josh Davey scored a 3-ball 11 to take Somerset over the line.
Josh Davey scored a 3-ball 11 to take Somerset over the line.
Somerset stunned Hampshire in a two-wicket heist in the first semifinal of the T20 Blast to march into the final after a game that ebbed and flowed like no other. Both teams had their shortcomings with the bat, but it was Somerset's Josh Davey, whose three-ball 11 at the backend, helped his side progress to the summit clash with two balls to spare.
Chasing 151 for a finals place, Somerset needed 10 off the last over with eight wickets down. Brad Wheal missed a yorker and was punished by Davey, who cleared the long-on boundary bringing down the equation to 2 from 3 three. He followed that up with a flick over the infield for a boundary that left Hampshire deflated after having been in control of the second-half of the game early on, having reduced Somerset to 34 for 5 at one stage with the finish line in sight.
Somerset seemed dead and buried in the chase as the asking rate climbed after the top and middle order failed in a crucial game. A composed stand between Tom Abell and skipper Lewis Gregory worth 45 resurrected the innings. When Abell fell for 50 off 35, Somerset still needed 48 off 20 with the lower order in. An unlikely cameo came from No. 8 Ben Green, who belted an 18-ball 35 with three sixes and a four as 36 runs came in the 18th and 19th overs. Hamshire still were in as favourites with Green departing off the final ball of the penultimate over with death-overs specialist Wheal to bowl the final. Somerset, however, once again found a way out with Craig Overton and Davey coming in to turn the tables and pulling off a thrilling win.
The wicket was slower than Hamshire earlier had anticipated and Davey gave Somerset the perfect start with the wicket of Toby Albert in the second over. Skipper James Vince fell two balls later as Somerset validated their decision to bowl first. From 26 for 3, however, Joe Weatherley single-handedly glued the innings together with a 50-ball 71 with wickets falling at the other end. They were reduced to 111 for 6 after 17 overs, but managed to get to 150 with 39 runs coming off the last three overs thanks to Chris Wood's 6-ball 18. They could've gone past that total had Davey not ended Wood's stay and accounted for Scott Currie two balls later to finish with 4-34.
Hampshire were dismal early in the tournament but somehow made an impressive comeback to reach the Finals Day. However, on a day when it was about fine margins in the end, they fell short. Only just.
Brief scores:Hampshire 150 in 20 overs (Joe Weatherley 71; Josh Davey 4-34) lost to Somerset 153/8 in 19.4 overs (Tom Abell 50, Ben Green 35; Chris Wood 2-26, Scott Currie 2-30) by two wickets.