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Somerset battle past Glamorgan

Somerset bounced back to winning ways in Yorkshire Bank 40 Group C as they beat Glamorgan by three wickets with 10 balls to spare at Taunton.

Responding to Glamorgan's 245 for nine, which included an unbeaten 75 from Ben Wright, the hosts looked well placed as Peter Trego, pictured, hit 72 and Dean Elgar made 51.

However, they slipped to 203 for seven before Craig Meschede and Max Waller both hit career-best scores to see Somerset home.

After being asked to bat, Glamorgan openers Will Bragg and Mark Wallace added 31 before Meschede had the latter caught by wicketkeeper Alex Barrow.

Jamie Overton entered the attack in dramatic fashion with two wickets in his first over. His first delivery had Chris Cooke caught at short midwicket by Elgar and, four balls later, Bragg clipped to Trego at third man on 26.

Meschede claimed his second wicket when Jim Allenby edged a wider one, which Barrow dived to catch with his right hand.

Waller tightened Somerset's grip on proceedings when Murray Goodwin drove him straight to James Hildreth at short midwicket and the visitors found themselves on 97 for five in the 21st over.

Marcus North drove Overton to the boundary but, on 46, was caught at gully by Hildreth.

When Graham Wagg was run out by Waller with a direct hit in the 30th over, Glamorgan were on 143 for seven as Dean Cosker came to the wicket to join Wright.

Cosker drove Steve Kirby to the boundary to bring up the 150, soon after which Wright went to his half-century with a boundary to third man off the same bowler.

The eighth-wicket partnership was worth 89 when Elgar brought it to an end, Cosker caught at mid-off by Overton for 37. Three balls later, Elgar had Michael Hogan caught at long-on by Hildreth as Glamorgan ended their innings on 245 for nine, Wright having faced 57 balls.

In reply, Marcus Trescothick and Trego added 41 before the Somerset captain was caught at mid-off from the bowling of Wagg for 13.

Nick Compton scored four, caught at first slip trying to cut Simon Jones.

Trego went to a fifty with three consecutive fours off Cosker as he and Elgar started to dominate proceedings.

Elgar then brought up the Somerset 100 with a lofted boundary off Allenby.

Trego had moved onto 72 when he was was bowled by North, his third-wicket partnership with Elgar adding 95 runs. 

Elgar went to his maiden Somerset half-century in the 27th over but soon after was caught at deep midwicket by Wright off Cosker.

Hildreth was lbw five balls later and Cosker, who took 3-41, struck again with the first delivery of his next over when Arul Suppiah was bowled for six.

Meschede hit 24 off the 33rd over bowled by Jones, which included two sixes to bring Somerset right back into the game.

When Barrow was bowled by Wagg, the young all-rounder was joined by Waller and the pair stayed at the wicket together to see Somerset to 246 by which time Meschede was unbeaten on 40 and Waller 25.

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