Abu Dhabi Counties Super Cup: Somerset win thriller


Somerset claimed a dramatic last-ball victory against Yorkshire in the third place play off of the Abu Dhabi Counties Super Cup.

Needing 18 off the final over, Tom Abell and Ben Green saw their side over the line by three wickets.

Chasing 199 to win, Somerset lost James Rew to the second ball of the innings, but a half century stand for the second wicket between Abell and Archie Vaughan got their side back on track. Vaughan made an eye-catching 35 from just 28 balls before falling with the scoreboard showing 62 for two in the eighth over.

Abell and Josh Thomas then added 20 before Aldridge helped the former Somerset skipper take the total to three figures.

George Thomas (23 from 12) and Fin Hill (11 from 8) made useful contributions, but it was Abell who was the standout performer. Throughout his innings he underlined his class and unleashed a full array of shots.

Green joined Abell with Somerset on 176 for seven with just eight balls remaining.

Green dispatched his first ball from Matthew Fisher to the boundary for four and then claimed a single off the final ball of the penultimate over.

Mickey Edwards was thrown the ball with Yorkshire still in the ascendancy, but Green and Abell had other ideas.

The first ball went to the boundary, courtesy of Green, before a single was followed up by two wide balls. When the third legitimate ball of the over was eventually bowled Abell sent it to the boundary for four more.

The fourth ball was similarly dispatched by Abell and a single off the penultimate ball of the innings meant that Somerset required two off the final delivery. Green kept his calm and smashed the ball to the rope to see Somerset take the win in dramatic fashion.

Green finished with 14 from just five balls whilst Abell remained unbeaten on an excellent 89 from 51 balls.

Earlier, Jake Ball had impressed with the ball, claiming three for 27 as Yorkshire posted 198 for five from their allotted overs.

Despite losing Harry Duke early on, Adam Lyth (62 from 30) and James Wharton (54 from 38) were the mainstays of the White Rose County’s innings whilst Matthew Revis (35 from 25) gave the innings some late impetus.

However, it wasn’t to be enough as Yorkshire came up against a Somerset team that never knows when it’s beaten.