Somerset fireworks to no avail
Marcus Trescothick and Kieron Pollard lit up a grey Taunton evening with an exhilarating stand of 68 in 29 balls, but their efforts proved in vain as Somerset’s Friends Life t20 match against Sussex was subsequently abandoned.
After the game had been reduced to 15 overs a side, Trescothick and Pollard’s pyrotechnics lifted the hosts to a formidable total of 177 for four.
Trescothick smashed 87 not out off 39 balls, with 10 fours and four sixes, while Pollard marked his first appearance of the season with 40 from 18 deliveries.
However, with Sussex on 40 for two after 3.4 overs of their reply, umpires Nick Cook and Nigel Cowley ruled the light too poor to continue, ensuring both sides would come away with a point.
A further eight deliveries were required to constitute a match.
Somerset lost Peter Trego and Craig Meschede early on before James Hildreth helped Trescothick add 62 by scoring 39 off 21 balls.
However, the third-wicket stand was merely an appetiser to the main course which followed when Pollard joined Trescothick to a hero’s welcome from the crowd after Jos Buttler had perished for a first-ball duck.
At 109 for four, the mighty Trinidadian took a few balls to size up the pitch and the opposition before flat-batting Rana Naved for an extraordinary six over long-on.
The last 22 balls of the innings saw Pollard and Trescothick plunder 63 runs, with the aid of five sixes and five fours. After three successive home washouts in the competition it was no more than the Somerset supporters deserved.
Pakistan seamer Umar Gul was the Sussex bowler to suffer most. His three overs cost 57, while Kirk Wernars’ only over went for 20.
In reply, Sussex lost Ben Brown to the first ball of their innings, but then kept up with the required Duckworth-Lewis total at the end of each over until Chris Nash was caught at mid-off by Hildreth for 11, miscuing a pull off Steve Kirby.
Lou Vincent was unbeaten on 22 and his team required nine off two balls to be ahead on Duckworth-Lewis but before the next batsman could get to the wicket the umpires took the players off.
Soon it was raining steadily and there was no chance of a restart.