Somerset slip to defeat

Late agony for county side in Antigua

Last Updated: 13/01/11 12:09pm

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Sarwan: played a lone hand

Sarwan: played a lone hand

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Somerset collapsed to a one-run defeat against Guyana in their opening match of the Caribbean T20.

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Chasing a target of 113 at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua, the Cidermen lost seven wickets for six runs to crash to 111 all out.

From a position of strength at 105-3 in the 18th over, Arul Suppiah's dismissal prompted a spectacular late meltdown.

Guyana had not impressed in their innings after choosing to bat first with only skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan showing any kind of form.

Sarwan, out of favour with the West Indies selectors, hit 59 off 48 balls including three boundaries and three sixes.

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The only other Guyana batsman to reach double figures was Royston Crandon who made 10 and their final total of 112-8 looked eminently passable.

Somerset captain Alfonso Thomas, leading the side throughout the tournament in the absence of Marcus Trescothick, finished with 3-23.

Openers Peter Trego and Nick Compton reached 23 before the former was bowled for 16 and Somerset were within sight of victory when Suppiah became Veerasammy Permaul's second victim, lbw for 26.

With three more on the board, Craig Meschede and Thomas were both run out, Compton was bowled for 32 and Gemaal Hussain followed, also run out, as Somerset lost four wickets for no runs.

With five needed off the final four balls, Steve Kirby went on 111 and Calum Haggett became the fourth run-out without further score to complete the turnaround.

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