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27th September 2009

Somerset Sabres v Durham Dynamos latest

Worcestershire Royals take on the current table toppers, Sussex Sharks, at New Road and if the Royals can turn over the Sharks and Somerset win they will be awarded the trophy at Taunton today.

Play started on time, with the sun shining as spectators pour into the ground – today’s match is expected to be a sell out.

Since we were last here the retirement apartments and the new Andy Caddick Pavilion are completed and in full use.

Durham – Mustard, Coetzer, Harmison B, Smith, Muchall, Blackwell, Breese, Plunkett, Gidman, Bothwick, Evans
Somerset  – Trescothick, Kieswetter, Hildreth, De Bruyn, Langer, Trego, Suppiah, Thomas, Banks, Phillips, Willoughby

Somerset won the toss and elected to bat first.

Luke Evans opened the bowling and had Marcus Trescothick trapped lbw for 13, bringing in captain Justin Langer as Somerset are 16-1.  Will Gidman opened the attack from the River End.  Plunkett came on to replace Evans fromt he seventh over.

Somerset were 51-2 in the 10th over after Gordon Muchall caught Kieswetter in the covers, off the bowling of Gidman for 26.  Crowd is pretty impressive – around 6500. 

Langer added 13 to the Somerset total before he was caught behind by Mustard off the bowling of Plunkett after 12.4 overs.  He was given a standing ovation by the crowd as he left the field.

Somerset were 150-5 after Scott Borthwick picked up two wickets in the 30th over.  Hildreth was stumped by Mustard for 49 and his replacement, Trego, was out first ball, caught by Gidman.

De Bruyn scored fifty from 60 deliveries and included five fours.  He was caught by Borthwick at long on off the bowling of Harmison for 55 in the 35th over, leaving Somerset 189-6.

The same pair combined again in the final over, sending Banks back to the pavilion with 10 runs to his name and Somerset 229-7 with three balls remaining of their innings.

The hosts finished on 242-7 from their 40 overs.

Phil Mustard and Ian Blackwell opened the batting for Durham and after some big hitting had pushed our score past the fifty mark after just 27 balls.

Phil Mustard was caught by Trego off the bowling of Willoughby one short of his fifty after 7.1 overs, leaving Durham 79-1.

Durham were 94-2 after Willoughby picked up his second wicket in his following over when he bowled Ian Blackwell for 26.  As Will Smith came to the crease he was joined by Phil Mustard who came on as a runner for Ben Harmison.

The Dynamos passed the hundred mark in the 12th over.

Durham were 119-3 after Smith was caught by Thomas off the bowling of Phillips for 13. Ben Harmison contributed 25 before he was run out by Suppiah, leaving Durham 137-4.

Durham were 160-5 once Phillips picked up his second scalp of the match, bowling Coetzer for 5.  With Worcestershire having beaten Sussex if Somerset win here they will be crowned division one champions.  Durham require 28 off four overs to win.

Gordon Muchall scored his fifty, which included six fours, from 61 deliveries.  He did however become De Bruyn’s first victim when he was caught by Trescothick on 61, leaving Durham 224-6.

Eleven runs were required from 12 balls for a Durham victory.  Durham were seven down after Plunkett was caught by the substitute fielder off the bowling of Phillips for 3, with nine balls remaining.

Seven runs required off the last over for us to win.  Gidman is bowled by Thomas off the second ball of the last over for 3.  With three balls remaining Durham need 3 runs…and Borthwick and Breese run three securing a win with two balls to spare.