Happy days for Thomas and Somerset
Somerset won their second successive Clydesdale Bank 40 match thanks to an impressive display in the field against Lancashire at Old Trafford.
Defending 236, Marcus Trescothick’s men were boosted by 4-34 in seven overs from Alfonso Thomas en route to a 42-run victory in Group A.
The experienced South African put the skids under the Lightning with two wickets in the 35th over of their chase – the first of the batting powerplay – to reduce them to 174 for six.
They were just two of five wickets lost by the hosts for 12 runs in 13 balls as they fell from 173 for four to 185 for nine. Ben Phillips also took three as Lancashire subsided to 193 all out in the 38th.
Arul Suppiah’s one-day career best 80 had earlier boosted Somerset’s 235 all out but Sajid Mahmood, Daren Powell and Tom Smith claimed a wicket apiece to keep the visitors in check within the first 20 overs.
Suppiah hit six fours in 91 balls but was the fifth wicket to fall when caught at deep midwicket by Kyle Hogg off Powell in the 31st over.
Lancashire looked to have things under control when Jos Buttler was stumped off a Smith wide by Luke Sutton to leave the score at 168 for six after 32 overs.
But explosive England Lions all-rounder Peter Trego, who hit 38 off 31 balls, smeared four boundaries off Hogg in the 35th over – the first of the batting powerplay - to bring the visitors back into contention.
Powell, having earlier bowled Nick Compton around his legs, then forced Trego to chip to cover before he took his fourth wicket when he bowled Thomas.
Somerset lost their last four wickets for 20 runs in 13 balls as Hogg trapped Max Waller lbw and stand-in captain Mark Chilton ran out Charl Willoughby. Powell finished with 4-49 from eight overs.
Smith was trapped lbw by Phillips, who claimed 3-28, for nought in the second over of the home side’s chase.
Moore and Horton, who contributed 51 and 59 respectively, then shared a second wicket stand of 78 in 18 overs before the former holed out to mid-on from the left-arm spin of Suppiah.
And when Ashwell Prince spooned Thomas to Trescothick at midwicket on 23, they were on the back foot at 130 for three.
The Red Rose won yesterday’s Group A fixture against Glamorgan when they needed 87 off the last 10 overs with seven wickets in hand but repeating the feat looked a tall order when they took the batting powerplay.
Horton found Phillips at deep square-leg to get leg-spinner Waller’s name in the wickets column just before it.
And then Thomas got rid of Chilton and Hogg, both caught inside the 30 yard circle, while Phillips forced Croft to hole out too.
Stephen Parry was run out before Thomas and Phillips added the fourth and third wickets respectively.