Sabres sink Bears

Sabres pinch victory with two balls left at Taunton

Last Updated: 27/05/09 10:20pm

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De Bruyn: Big innings

De Bruyn: Big innings

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Twenty20 Cup - Midlands/West/Wales Division
Taunton
Warwickshire 187-5 Innings Complete (J O Troughton 50) v Somerset 190-5 (Z de Bruyn 72)
Somerset beat Warwickshire by 5 wkts

Somerset edged a tight five-wicket victory against Warwickshire at Taunton, with the winning runs only coming with two balls to spare of the Twenty20 clash.

The home side secured their first ever Twenty20 Cup victory over the Bears after eight attempts as Arul Suppiah blazed a cover drive to the boundary rope with just two balls of their innings remaining.

Jim Troughton and Jonathan Trott had earlier helped Warwickshire to amass a normally decent total of 187-5 from their 20 overs, but one which looked a bit short at Taunton.

Zander de Bruyn smashed 72 for Somerset, but his departure led to a sticky ending for the home side and Suppiah was needed to hit two boundaries from the four balls he faced to get the Sabres home at 190-5 off 19.4 overs.

Trott and Troughton's 81-run partnership had Warwickshire heading for a big total at 90-1, but Trott's dismissal for 42 led to a slump of three wickets for just 14 runs.

Hat-trick chance

Young Somerset spinner Max Waller removed Troughton for 50, and then bagged Chris Woakes next ball to sit on a hat-trick, although he failed with the third ball later on.

Skipper Ian Westwood (49) and Ant Botha (35) combined for a lively 83 to get the innings back on track, although Warwickshire looked to have fallen just short of par at Taunton with 187-5.

Wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter has been building a reputation for himself recently, but he suffered a big chunk of bad luck as he was run out at the non-striker's end for just two.

De Bruyn strode to the crease and he was the main man for Somerset, as he added a spritely 32 with Trescothick and then 66 with James Hildreth - who fell for 39 after smashing three huge sixes.

With De Druyn going for 72, Somerset were left with 38 runs to win from the last four overs, and that became 15 from the final two after some big hitting from Peter Trego.

Trego holed out at long-on though and Suppiah came in with nine needed from the last over, and he wasted no time in hammering the ball through mid-on into the fence.

With two runs then needed off the last three balls, Suppiah crunched a drive through the covers and Somerset were home with two balls to spare.

The Sabres maintain their 100 percent start to the Twenty20 Cup with two wins from two, while the Bears are exactly the opposite with no wins from their first two fixtures.

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