Royal London Cup
Thu 12 August, 11:00

Edgbaston, Birmingham

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Warwickshire

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Report: Warwickshire v Somerset, Royal London Cup

Warwickshire beat Somerset by three wickets in a thriller at Edgbaston to spoil the west country side’s hopes of qualification for the Royal London Cup knockout stage. 

The home side went into action with qualification already beyond them but their youngsters delivered an impressive victory driven by a powerhouse all-round display from Matt Lamb. 

Lamb’s List A-best bowling of four for 35 limited Somerset to 287 for eight after a third-wicket stand of 118 between Lewis Goldsworthy (79, 93 balls) and James Hildreth (72, 66) left them apparently heading for 300-plus. 

The 25-year-old then scored 92 (103 balls) as the Bears reached 289 for seven with six balls to spare. At 108 for four, they were on the back foot but Somerset’s qualification bid was then unpicked by stands of 77 between Lamb and Dan Mousley and 88 between Lamb and Jacob Bethell. 

After choosing to bat, Somerset soon lost Sam Young to a sharp return catch by Tim Bresnan but Steven Davies (46, 54 balls) gave the innings early momentum before lifting Bethell to deep mid-wicket. 

Goldsworthy, in his eighth List A appearance, and Hildreth, in his 220th, dovetailed nicely to add 118 in 20 overs. Hildreth passed 50 in 52 balls and was accelerating dangerously when he hoisted Craig Miles to deep square.  

At 219 for three in the 40th over, Somerset looked set for 300-plus but, after Goldsworthy chipped Bethell to mid-wicket, the innings lost momentum. Lamb’s fiendish variations earned him his first List A wickets to continue a productive RLC for the 25-year-old who scored his maiden List A ton in the home win over Leicestershire.  

Josh Davey then inflicted early damage on Warwickshire’s reply with two wickets in the third over. Rob Yates sliced to point and Will Rhodes nicked a superb delivery to wicketkeeper Davies. 

Ed Pollock sped to 44 (29 balls) but Somerset skipper Green astutely kept the impressive Davey on and was rewarded when Pollock chipped to mid-wicket. 

Michael Burgess made a fluent 38 (46 balls) but then also perished to a catch at mid-wicket, off Ned Leonard. That was 108 for four but Lamb and Mousley (37, 48 balls) added 77 in 15 overs and, after Mousley was bowled by George Drissell, Bethell settled immediately. 

Somerset’s young side fought valiantly and when Lamb and Bethell sent up catches with 12 still needed, the game was back in the balance but Brookes and Bresnan saw the Bears home with six balls to spare. 

Preview: Warwickshire v Somerset, Royal London Cup

Captain Will Rhodes wants one final push from his young side as Warwickshire host Somerset in their final Royal London Cup fixture at Edgbaston.

Following Tuesday’s seven-wicket defeat at The Kia Oval, the Bears have an outside chance of qualifying for Saturday’s quarter-final.

Warwickshire would need a convincing win over the Taunton outfit, whilst hoping three other results go nicely in their favour.

It’s certainly a long shot, but Rhodes is keen to stress that whilst there’s an opportunity to progress, there’s also an opportunity to learn.

With a dozen senior players, mostly bowlers, unavailable throughout the campaign, a group of home-grown and local talent has thrived.

“The experience will be massive for them and, these guys will come back,” Rhodes said.

“They’ve had a lot thrown at them these past seven games and witnessed some great innings and bowling performances. They’ll only get better from it.

“Guys such as Jacob Bethell, Ethan Brookes and Manraj Johal will get a lot of confidence playing in this competition and, when they come to play in it next year, they’ll know what it’s about and be better for it.

“We’ve learnt a lot as a team and, I’ve learnt a lot in this competition. I think Tim Bresnan even learnt a lot at The Oval as experienced as he is!

“If we win four of our eight games it’ll be a great achievement with this inexperienced team.

“We’ll try and be a bit of a party pooper to Somerset and ruin their chances of getting through.”

Squad

Will Rhodes (c), Jacob Bethell, Tim Bresnan, Ethan Brookes, Jordan Bulpitt, Michael Burgess (wk), Karl Carver, Manraj Johal, Matt Lamb, Craig Miles, Dan Mousley, Liam Norwell, Ed Pollock, Rob Yates.

How to follow

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Live scorecard

The match live scorecard will appear here once the match is in play.

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