Somerset see off Glamorgan
Half-centuries from Nick Compton and James Hildreth were enough to help Somerset open their Clydesdale Bank 40 Group A account with a 38-run win over Glamorgan at the SWALEC Stadium.
When Somerset defended their 224 for five from 39 overs they were indebted to Alfonso Thomas, who took 3-27 in 7.1 overs and was also responsible for a key run-out and a catch as Glamorgan were dismissed for 186 with 11 balls remaining.
Thomas bowled the dangerous Mark Cosgrove, who hit 31 off 21 deliveries, and then caught Tom Maynard, who had given Glamorgan hope with 48 from 59 balls, including two big sixes.
Somerset’s total was rather better than they might have hoped for when they slipped to 21 for two despite winning the toss.
David Harrison claimed both wickets, dismissing Arul Suppiah leg before first ball with the fifth delivery of the contest before locating Marcus Trescothick’s edge.
However, Compton, the former Middlesex batsman who scored a one-day century at the same ground last season, launched a positive recovery by taking three fours off one David Brown over.
He also hit a six over midwicket off Chris Ashling before he lost Zander de Bruyn as Somerset slipped to 83 for three midway through their innings.
Compton went to his fifty off 59 balls and looked solid enough until he was trapped in front by Dean Cosker, while Peter Trego was taken by Jamie Dalrymple, running in from extra cover.
Ashling was dispatched for a second six as Hildreth pressed the accelerator, finishing unbeaten on 68 off only 59 balls.
In reply, Glamorgan were not helped when Thomas bowled Cosgrove with his first ball, and two overs later Thomas ran out Jamie Dalrymple, who was called through for a suicidal single by Gareth Rees.
Glamorgan never recovered despite the efforts of Maynard, Brown, who made 28 off 22 balls on debut for his new county, and Mark Wallace.
Ben Phillips finished with 3-26 from eight overs, including the wickets of Brown and Wallace.