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Somerset squeak home in thriller

Somerset claimed a one-run victory over NatWest T20 Blast South Division pacesetters Hampshire, who accordingly lost top spot, in a thrilling encounter at Taunton.

Powerful half-centuries from Craig Kieswetter and Peter Trego helped Somerset to 176 for four from their 20 overs.

Hampshire appeared down and out when they needed 36 runs from 12 deliveries, but late heroics from Will Smith and Adam Wheater could not extend to the three runs required from the final ball to secure an unlikely victory.

Put into bat, Somerset made a bright start - Kieswetter dispatching Smith's final two balls of the opening over to the boundary to reach 11 without loss. Chris Jones emulated his partner in the second over, with a couple of fours taking the score to 19, before he was bowled by Chris Wood for 10.

Trego, who scored 94 not out against Glamorgan last time out, made a cautious start as Somerset failed to score a boundary in three subsequent overs but two fours off Kyle Abbott in the sixth over got them back on track.

The in-form all-rounder opened his shoulders in the 10th as Somerset reached 80 for one at the halfway stage. Kieswetter and Trego then took Sean Ervine to task in a 14th over that cost Hampshire 19 runs and saw both batsmen past 50.

Kieswetter's innings came to an end on 57 in the next set of six when he was caught by Abbott trying to hit James Vince over the ropes. Trego added two fours and a six to his total after passing 50 but he was dismissed for 76 in the 18th over - bowled by Abbott - as he once again went on the attack.

Alviro Petersen was stumped to hand Wood creditable figures of 2-33 as Hampshire were set 177.

And Trego continued to torment them with the ball, removing dangerman Vince for a golden duck and forcing Jimmy Adams to join him in the pavilion with the score just 23.

Michael Carberry got Hampshire back on track as he hit Alfonso Thomas for 14 off three deliveries - one of which was a no-ball - in the fifth over to make it 44 for two.

Glenn Maxwell plundered successive fours off Craig Overton in the sixth over, before Carberry was caught on 38 by Max Waller in the deep trying to hit Craig Meschede to the ropes.

Maxwell's innings proved to be short but sweet when he edged a teasing Waller delivery behind to leave Hampshire in trouble at 77 for four in the eighth over.

Owais Shah brought up Hampshire's 100 with a maximum off Overton with the third ball of the 13th over, but the bowler had the last laugh two deliveries later when the batsman was caught on the boundary having made 22.

The game appeared all but over when Sean Ervine and Matt Coles were dismissed by successive Thomas deliveries in the 18th over, but 17 runs from the 19th over and 14 from the first five balls of the final over left Hampshire needing three runs off the final delivery to win the game.

Wheater could not get bat on ball, though, and the solitary leg-bye meant Somerset had their second win of 2014 in the shortest format.

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