Somerset stay perfect
A solid all-round performance made it three wins out of three for Somerset in this season’s Yorkshire Bank 40 as Middlesex Panthers were beaten by by six wickets at Taunton.
The visitors were restricted to a below-par 252 for nine with paceman Steve Kirby claiming four wickets and leg-spinner Max Waller three.
Peter Trego then bludgeoned 81 runs off 67 balls and Arul Suppiah 60 off 53 to see Somerset home with ease and put them top of Group C.
After being put into bat, Middlesex openers Chris Rogers and Dawid Malan looked untroubled as they took the total onto 73.
However, Craig Meschede then entered the attack and had Rogers well caught at deep midwicket by Alviro Petersen.
Malan looked comfortable and was on 49 when he pulled Waller to James Hildreth at short midwicket. The leg-spinner struck again, firing in a quicker ball which Paul Stirling drove straight back to him.
Waller changed ends and claimed his third victim when Adam Rossington tried to clear the midwicket rope and was caught by Lewis Gregory for 12.
Neil Dexter and Joe Denly then came together and took the total on to 222 before Gregory trapped the former lbw trying to work the ball to fine-leg. The fifth-wicket pair had added 83 in just over 12 overs.
In the penultimate over, Kirby claimed three wickets in four balls as the visitors ended on 252 for nine.
Somerset openers Marcus Trescothick and Trego started briskly and it was the latter who brought up the fifty with two to backward square-leg off James Harris in the seventh over.
Gareth Berg was brought on for the eighth over and, first ball, Trescothick edged behind on 28.
Trego was joined by Suppiah, with the former reaching his half-century via a single into midwicket off Tim Murtagh.
Suppiah showed his best form of the season with the bat and went to reach the same landmark with a lofted straight drive off Malan.
When Tom Smith returned, Trego hoisted his first ball over midwicket but, two deliveries later, was caught by Rogers at long-on for 81.
Suppiah had moved on to 60 when he top-edged Harris into the air, wicketkeeper Rossington taking the catch.
Hildreth made his intentions clear from the off, pulling Harris to the midwicket boundary and then proceeding to take 18 off Corey Collymore's fourth over.
At the opposite end, Petersen had been subdued until he drove Smith high over the long-on boundary into the St James Street car park. The South Africa batsman did not see his side home, however, and was caught at long-off by Smith off Murtagh.
With 30 needed for victory, Jos Buttler finished the job in style with a six over cow corner; he finished unbeaten on 27 and Hildreth 37.