Buttler serves up a treat
Jos Buttler delivered the star performance as Somerset powered to a 131-run victory over Yorkshire in the Yorkshire Bank 40 Group C match at Headingley.
Buttler’s blistering and audacious 51-ball 89 helped the visitors to a mammoth total of 338 for five after they had been inserted by Andrew Gale. Yorkshire could only muster 207 all out in reply.
While the England limited-overs wicketkeeper stole the show, there was also a fine display from James Hildreth, who finished unbeaten on 96. This all came after Marcus Trescothick and Peter Trego had shared 96 inside the first 10 overs to set the tone.
In all, Somerset plundered 31 fours and 10 sixes. Moin Ashraf was taken for 80 in his eight overs, while Ryan Sidebottom and Steven Patterson conceded 77 and 62 respectively from their full quotas.
Trego led the way in the opening partnership, driving Patterson's second ball over long-off for four before hitting the same bowler into the midwicket terracing for six.
Trescothick then helped himself to two fours and Trego a brace of maximums in a Patterson over that cost 22, but there was a life for Trescothick on 15 when Gary Ballance could not hold on to a difficult chance flinging himself to his left at slip.
Trego's fifty arrived off just 26 balls with four fours and four sixes.
With runs coming at around 10 an over, it took an unlucky run-out to break the stand, Trego driving back to Sidebottom and the ball deflecting into the stumps with Trescothick out of his ground.
There was brief respite for Yorkshire as Trego was bowled, for 58 from 33 balls, by Ashraf in the next over and Arul Suppiah edged Sidebottom to Adam Lyth at slip.
Alviro Petersen was joined by Hildreth in an enterprising stand of 67 in 13 overs before the former fell to Will Rhodes' second ball, which was well taken by Andrew Hodd standing up to the stumps.
Buttler then took over with some stunning strokes, his first six being smacked over extra-cover off Rhodes and his second clearing long-on at Adil Rashid's expense.
After passing 50, the innovative 22-year-old moved into overdrive, using his trademark scoop with regularity while also demonstrating immense power with more orthodox strokeplay.
Buttler was denied a spectacular century when he smashed Sidebottom towards the midwicket boundary and Rhodes did well to hold on to a stinging catch.
Somerset’s fifth-wicket pair had racked up 129 together in 14 overs and Hildreth added one more six in the final over from Ashraf, only to lose the strike and miss out on the chance to reach three figures.
Faced with a mountain to climb, Yorkshire's batsmen had little chance to settle in and the promoted Richard Pyrah was soon dismissed by Trego, who subsequently had Gale dropped at third man by Craig Meschede.
The Yorkshire captain made it to 28 before falling to Steve Kirby.
Although Ballance and Lyth impressed en route to 60 and 39 respectively, any realistic hope of a Yorkshire win disappeared when Alfonso Thomas struck with successive balls to dismiss the latter and Rashid.
By the time Thomas had Ballance caught behind off a slower-ball bouncer to claim his fourth scalp, the end was nigh and Yorkshire were soon dismissed with 10 overs unused.