DANIEL Armstrong, 18, of Exeter, was named as a winner in the Match Day reporter competition run by Somerset County Cricket Club and the County Gazette. He scooped a media pass and tickets for three friends to Sunday’s Natwest T20 Blast match against Surrey. As the Cidermen prepare for this afternoon's encounter, here's his report from Sunday's match.
CRAIG Kieswetter reminded the England selectors of his talent despite Somerset falling to a 14-run defeat at the hands of Surrey in the Natwest T20 Blast on Sunday.
The batsman-wicket keeper scored a forceful 61 off 47 balls but ultimately, it wasn’t enough as Somerset fell short of Surrey’s 173-7. The result means the Somerset T20 drought against Surrey continues, having only registered one victory in six attempts.
Revenge appeared to be on the cards after last year’s quarter-final defeat at a sunny, but certainly not soporific Taunton.
The 7,000 strong crowd were in full voice with the Cidermen well placed at 58-2 off the powerplay. Yet three wickets for 13 runs hampered the chase as Somerset went from 116-3 (14.2ov) to 129-6 (16.1ov).
And Kieswetter was one of the men to go, picking out O’Brien at long on off the left-arm spin of Ansari.
Dernbach may well gain the plaudits for only going for three off the final over, shedding the dark memories of Surrey’s last game against Sussex when he went for 16 off the last over, costing his side the match.
His rather over enthusiastic celebration at the end conveyed his relief. Arguably the damage was really done by young Ansari who ended with impressive figures of 3-19-2.
Further bad news appeared for Somerset as Gregory pulled his hamstring in running a quick single, a potentially big blow for Somerset given his County Championship form. Kieswetter was philosophical after the game, suggesting the West Country batsmen lacked “a little bit of nous” in the chase, highlighting the quick loss of three wickets as the moment the side ‘threw the game away’.
He was full of praise for the side’s bowlers, adding: “They did well to restrict Surrey to a below par score at Taunton on a beautiful wicket.”
Jason Roy was the pick of the Surrey batsmen, scoring a punchy 64.
In fact Surrey raced to 100 off just 10.2 overs, before Waller and Dockrell restricted the Surrey gallop to a canter. Dockrell did well to recover after his first seven balls went for 23, finishing with 2-36.
However, Somerset’s most evident headache is their lack of a finisher – Jos Buttler is sorely missed.