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Buttler blitz seals crucial win

Jos Buttler smashed 48 off 19 balls as Somerset returned to form in the Friends Life t20 with an emphatic 64-run victory over Glamorgan at Taunton.

The hosts posted an impressive 199 for six after losing the toss, Craig Kieswetter contributing a rapid 37 off 18 deliveries and Dean Cosker escaping the carnage to take 2-18 from four overs.

Jim Allenby and Mark Wallace got Glamorgan’s reply off to a smooth start with a stand of 73 in eight overs, the former cracking 69 off 39 balls with seven fours and three sixes.

But once he had fallen to the leg-spin of Max Waller, who claimed 4-27, the visitors lost their momentum and fell from 73 for one to 135 all out.

There was no way back as Waller pulled off a stunning caught-and-bowled when Marcus North blasted a full-toss back at him and accepted another fine catch at point to send Nathan McCullum packing.

Somerset went into the game on a three-match losing streak, having failed to capitalise on their batting powerplays.

Even without skipper Marcus Trescothick, sidelined by an ankle problem, they put that right.

Kieswetter blasted five fours and two sixes and Chris Jones offered sensible support as the openers brought the fifty up in just 3.5 overs.

The former was stumped advancing down the track to Nick James, while Jones was brilliantly caught by the diving Graham Wagg at short cover for 20.

Peter Trego never got going and Nick Compton was content to push ones and twos in making 19 off as many balls.

It was Craig Meschede and Buttler who would up the ante as the 17th over, bowled by James, went for 27.

Buttler then unfurled a series of trademark inventive strokes and was unsurprisingly afforded warm applause when he departed to the innings’ penultimate ball, having already taken Somerset to what proved a match-winning total.

The result keeps the Midlands/Wales/West Group open, with Glamorgan having won four and lost two, while Somerset have three victories and three defeats.