Will Smeed offers audio support as visitors recover from strike less than two weeks ago
Somerset 149 for 3 (Healdreth 72*, Semolina 42) won I will see 146 to 8 (Jack 65, Leach 3-28) by seven wickets
Healdreth scored winning runs on this earth when Somerset won his only crown in the T20 in 2005, and tonight was his 200th appearance – all with Somerset – in a typical 72 unbeaten class class match. To paraphrase his words before the tournament, it looks like you can teach new dog tricks Old: Upgraded to open hitting as a gap blocker, Hildreth now has 169 strokes with a 150 touch hit rate.
He played freely, intent on celebrating his teacher with a waltz at each ball. After several early tremors that threatened nothing but the air, Joss Atkinson was pulled and then snapped away to get Heldrith. Never looking back, a free kick was hit after arrogant Jordan Clark on Peter May’s wing, while snapping seven limits at his favorite spots behind the box on either side of the wicket.
And with Hildreth, who is about 16 years younger than him, was Semolina. He hit 42 before the lead gave Dan Moriarty his first rare mini-gate like this. This meant that the pair were painfully ashamed of Peter Trejo and Corey Anderson’s record stand in this match for Somerset: one suspected they wouldn’t care much.
There are many good judges in the West who believe that Smeed is technically the best player Greg Keynes and his academy staff have ever had. It’s pretty early days but there’s a lot to suggest they’re onto something. He was defeated by Jimmy Overton multiple times, making a rare ball appearance in Powerplay, and Smead responded by moving his former teammate over the longest boundary on Earth. Later Jade treated Dernbach with contempt, taking 16 off three balls, including six in a row. If Smeed wasn’t careful, this square leg flick would quickly become a trademark.
Meanwhile, Leach had picked up his first T20 wicket, though he owes Ben Green a drink for it: Jimmy Smith mistook a sweep that had gotten far greater than the distance, Greene took a fine hold to dive forward over his shoulder after he It started in the middle.
At that point, Sarri was under pressure. Or at least it looked that way, only to Jacks first hitting a pair of fours, before pulling and pulling Josh Davey’s back-to-six charges. The former took Jacks into the half-century of the ’60s in just the 50th game of his nascent T20 career: 32% of his great runs hit that way.
Fifty was so popular that Jacks’ partnership with Laurie Evans was suddenly worth just that 30 ball count. But then Evans comically ran out of himself. He saw a reverse sweep that fell a little short of Leach’s, but he set off a race in the meantime Jack had no interest in it. Jimmy Overton threatened fireworks, but dug one into Lewis Gregory’s cover.
Rory Burns brought out a hundred saris with a reverse sweep that attracted so much attention during England’s ill-fated tour of India but the tours dried up. He rested plenty on Jack, but raced to 50 of 28, even finding it hard to hit the court used against the Somerset progressive trio of Leach, Goldsworthy and Max Waller. Only 15 passes out of his next 14 balls and the frustration continued in the air. As Jack’s next shot did, Waller took the ball from a long distance to give Leitch a 3-for-28. Easy game, T20.
Clarke teased Lamonby to defeat Craig Overton by six late, with Moriarty moving Davy for a similar score in the final. This allowed Sarri to set 147 to win. It turned out to be very short.
There was a lot of consistency about the way both teams started their roles: a small gateway followed by strong, productive play. But while Suri’s men were regularly deteriorating, Somerset remained steadfast. And there’s consistency in the results, too: This is the fifth consecutive summer that these teams have earned two points from each other.
After a slow start, Somerset won the last two. On the other hand, Surrey started out like a steam train but is now a model railroad model, its momentum verified by first rain and then international recalls.