Fixture Type: t20
Fixture Date: Sunday 14 July
Start Time: 2:30pm
Results: Won by 8 runs
Worcestershire bounced back from their derby defeat against the Warwickshire Bears by defeating Somerset by 8 runs at Taunton.
Somerset put Worcestershire into bat and the visitors lost two wickets in the first six powerplay overs as Tilan Samaraweera (17) was bowled by Yasir Arafat and Moeen Ali (27) was caught behind by Craig Kieswetter off Steve Kirby.
Daryl Mitchell (5) was bowled by Max Waller, with the score on 75, and then Andre Russell hit two sixes before he was caught by Jos Buttler at deep square-leg off Waller for 21 and Gareth Andrew (1) was caught behind by Kieswetter off Craig Meschede to leave the visitors on 125-5 in the 16th over.
Alexei Kervezee reached his 50 off 39 balls, with a six over long on, before he was caught by Buttler off Arafat for 53 off 42 balls, with 4 fours and 2 sixes, and Ben Cox struck three fours before he was bowled by Arafat for 14 as Worcestershire ended on 168-7 off their 20 overs, with Joe Leach unbeaten on 11 and Brett D’Oliveira unbeaten on 7.
Needing 169 to win Somerset lost Kieswetter (0) in the first over when he was caught by Ali at short third-man off Shantry. 61 runs were added for the second wicket until Peter Trego (24) was caught by Russell off Leach and Marcus Trescothick looked in ominous form by hitting 6 fours and a six until he was caught by Ali at deep cover off Shantry for 49 off 38 balls, with the score on 90-3 in the 13th over.
10 runs later Nick Compton (16) was caught by Russell at deep mid-wicket off Shaaiq Choudhry and then James Hildreth and Buttler, who struck two sixes off Andrew, took Somerset to 135-5 off 17 overs, requiring a further 34 runs to win.
But Leach (3-20 off 3 overs) struck twice in the 18th over to remove both Hildreth, caught by Kervezee for 16, and Buttler, caught behind by Cox for 27, and then a further two wickets fell, with Meschede (5) trapped lbw by Shantry (3-34 off 4 overs) and Thomas (7) being caught by Kervezee off Russell, as the home side fell 8 runs short by finishing on 160-8 off their 20 overs.
WORCESTERSHIRE (168-7) BEAT SOMERSET (160-8) BY 8 RUNS
Worcestershire Team: Tilan Samaraweera, Moeen Ali, Alexei Kervezee, Daryl Mitchell*, Andre Russell, Gareth Andrew, Ben Cox+, Joe Leach, Shaaiq Choudhry, Brett D’Oliveira, Jack Shantry