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Somerset put Scotland to the sword

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Somerset defeated Scotland by 53 runs under the Duckworth/Lewis method after rain affected their Clydesdale Bank 40 Group B fixture.

Scotland won the toss and decided to bat but were bowled out for 163 and indebted to Preston Mommsen's 67 for even taking them that far.

Rain ended the match after 22.4 overs of Somerset’s reply, with the total of 133 for three - built around Arul Suppiah's half-century - far in excess of the revised target of 81.

It was Somerset's sixth CB40 victory in a row, which maintained their hopes of a semi-final berth which seemed unlikely after they opened their campaign with four straight defeats followed by a no result.

Preston Mommsen

Preston Mommsen excelled for Scotland, but his knock of 67 failed to stop in-form Somerset's Clydesdale Bank 40 semi-final charge

Scotland were dealt an early blow when opening batsman Ryan Flannigan was dismissed for just eight after offering a return catch to Peter Trego, leaving the hosts at 22 for one.

Calum MacLeod was bowled for 14 by Steve Kirby with no addition to the score and debutant Robert Mutch then took the wickets of Richie Berrington and Jean Symes to put Somerset in a commanding position.

Mommsen delivered some resistance with a gutsy 75-ball innings but was fast running out of partners as the middle order began to crumble, with Ewan Chalmers falling for four and Craig Wallace trapped lbw for a duck off Abdur Rehman.

Somerset quickly worked their way through the tail and Mommsen was the last wicket to fall; Kirby finished with 2-22 and Mutch began his Somerset career with 2-46.

Despite losing Trego for 15, Somerset made a solid start to their run chase.

Chris Jones was next to depart for 24 as Mommsen took the catch from Majid Haq's bowling, but, by that stage, Somerset were 90 for two after a stand of 71 between Jones and Suppiah.

The latter made 56 from just 45 balls, with seven fours and a six, to steer his side towards their victory target before he was bowled by Haq.

Jos Buttler hit five fours and a six in a rapid 29 not out while James Hildreth was unbeaten on nine when the heavens opened and Somerset were declared the victors.

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