Glamorgan slayed by Suppiah
Somerset slow left-arm spinner Arul Suppiah took world-record Twenty20 figures of 6-5 in his side’s five-wicket Friends Life t20 victory over Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.
The home side, who were put into bat by Somerset, had no answer to Suppiah and the other two spinners, Murali Kartik and Max Waller, as they were dismissed for just 98 – their second worst total in the tournament – in just 17.4 overs of an 18-overs-per-side contest which was reduced because of rain.
Suppiah’s record figures, which bettered Sohail Tanvir’s 6-14 for Rajasthan against Chennai in Jaipur in May 2008, came from 3.4 overs as all 10 Glamorgan wickets fell to the Somerset spinners.
In reply Somerset got over the winning line with 21 balls to spare, Kieron Pollard finishing unbeaten on 31 from 20 balls.
On the turning pitch, which had been used for two previous FLt20 matches, the Welsh county’s first two wickets to fall came through attempted reverse sweeps.
Captain Alviro Petersen was out for a duck to the fifth ball of the innings to Kartik’s slow left-armers - caught at extra cover - and Gareth Rees was trapped leg before wicket by Waller at the start of the sixth after smashing 34 from 20 balls including two sixes.
Glamorgan then sank to 54 for three after Mark Cosgrove holed out to long-on off Waller having scored just nine from 15 balls.
And with Kartik virtually unplayable on a spin-friendly surface Mark Wallace found himself stumped down the leg-side as Glamorgan stuttered to 72 for four.
It did not get any better for the home side as Suppiah entered the attack and they were soon reduced to 83 for seven.
Kartik finished with 2-15 from his four overs - he went for just 13 singles and a two - while Suppiah accounted for the last four wickets to fall as Glamorgan set Somerset 99 to win.
The visitors also struggled on the tricky wicket and found themselves 44 for four within eight overs, Marcus Trescothick caught at short fine-leg off Dean Cosker for 16.
Robert Croft struck twice to remove both Peter Trego and Kartik, both for 11, before Pollard struck Simon Jones for three fours in an over to take the pressure off the Somerset chase.