Vitality Blast T20 ~ Somerset v Glamorgan ~ 1st September2020 ~ Taunton ~ An Abell classic for the ages

All Vitality Blast T20 matches are being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus restrictions in place. This report was therefore written through watching the match on Somerset CCC’s newly enhanced live stream without access to which this report would not have been possible. The stream was watched throughout with the commentary muted and with notes being taken to enable the author to replicate as far as possible his experience of watching matches live; and to enable him to form his own view of the play.

Vitality Blast T20. Central Group. Somerset v Glamorgan. 1st September 2020. Taunton.

Somerset. G.A. Bartlett, S.M.Davies (w), J.C. Hildreth, T.B. Abell (c), E.J. Byrom, B.G.F. Green, C. Overton, R.E. van der Merwe, O.R.T Sale, J.H. Davey, M.T.C. Waller.

Glamorgan. W.T. Root, D.A. Douthwaite, A. Balbirnie, C.B. Cooke (c) (w), K.S. Carlson, C.Z. Taylor, G.G. Wagg, A.G. Salter, M. de Lange, T. van der Gugten, P. Sisodiya.

Toss. Somerset. Elected to field.

An Abell classic for the ages

As the sky darkened and the floodlights lit up the Cooper Associates County Ground for that latter day form of cricket, T20, Tom Abell played an innings of such classical splendour and dominance it would have graced any form of cricket in any age, including the so-called golden age of over a century ago. In these constrained times it may only have been visible through the medium of twenty-first century technology but those of us privileged to have seen it might have seen nothing better had we been lining the ring of the County Ground as Lionel Palairet strutted his stuff at the end of the nineteenth century. It secured Somerset a crucial victory in this tournament, but the innings will lodge in the mind long after the victory has been forgotten. Abell’s innings was something truly special. Read More »

Vitality Blast 2020 ~ Northamptonshire v Somerset ~ Northampton ~ 30th August ~ Not enough firepower

All Vitality Blast T20 matches are being played behind closed doors due to the coronavirus restrictions in place. This report was therefore written through watching the match on Northamptonshire CCC’s live stream without access to which this report would not have been possible. The stream was watched throughout with the commentary muted and with notes being taken to enable the author to replicate as far as possible his experience of watching matches live; and to enable him to form his own view of the play.

Vitality Blast T20. Central Group. Northamptonshire v Somerset. 30th August 2020. Northampton.

Northamptonshire. R.E. Levi, P.R. Stirling, J.J. Cobb (c), A.M. Rossington (w), A.G. Wakely, Z.A. Zaib, G.K. Berg, G.G. White, N.L. Buck, B.W. Sanderson, B.D. Glover.

Somerset. G.A. Bartlett, S.M.Davies (w), J.C. Hildreth, T.B. Abell (c), E.J. Byrom, B.G.F. Green, C. Overton, R.E. van der Merwe, J. Overton, O.R.T Sale, M.T.C. Waller.

Toss. Somerset. Elected to field.

Not enough fire power

“It is difficult to win T20 matches without hitting sixes,” said the incoming text as the Somerset batsmen left the field at the end of the match still nine runs short of Northamptonshire’s 171 for 6. In this match Northamptonshire hit five sixes to Ollie Sale’s one for Somerset. The Somerset batsmen made a spirited assault on the Northamptonshire total, particularly at the beginning and the end of their innings. Northamptonshire kept their nerve under the pressure of the Somerset batsmen’s initial assault, applied pressure when Somerset needed to regroup in the middle of their innings, and resisted Roelof van der Merwe’s charge at the end. As the text implied, Somerset missed the firepower of Banton and Gregory and the commanding hand of Babar Azam’s batting.Read More »