Royal London Cup
Tue 23 August, 11:00

Edgbaston, Birmingham

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Report: Warwickshire v Somerset, Royal London Cup

Somerset collected their first Royal London Cup win at the eighth and last attempt and dragged Warwickshire out of the competition with them with a 14-run victory at Edgbaston.

Lewis Goldsworthy’s maiden List A century (111, 116 balls) and Jack Brooks’ excellent bowling (four for 38) underpinned a win which brought some belated light to a leaden campaign for the westcountrymen.  

Somerset owed their total of 266 for five to a third-wicket stand of 198 in 35 overs between Goldsworthy and James Rew (96, 120).  Olly Hannon-Dalby and Liam Norwell took two wickets apiece but George Garrett impressed most, conceding 37 from his ten overs. 

Warwickshire knew that reaching 267 would take them through to the knockout phase but their depleted batting order, without the injured Krunal Pandya and Michael Burgess, fell just short on 252 all out. Captain Will Rhodes (92, 103) and Ethan Brookes (51, 57) added 104 in 18 overs for the fifth wicket but there were no contributions of substance either side of their stand. 

After choosing to bat, Somerset soon lost former Warwickshire opener Andy Umeed, bowled by Norwell who also had Steven Davies superbly caught low at slip by Rob Yates. With three vital championship games to come in September, the Bears will be encouraged to see Norwell starting to regain full fitness and menace. 

Rew and Goldsworthy rebuilt, slowly at first, then more fluently, reaching their half-centuries from 77 and 71 balls respectively. The latter struck 12 fours in a polished innings before falling lbw to Yates.      

Eighteen-year-old Rew was a boundary short of his second List A ton when he sliced Hannon-Dalby to short third man. George Bartlett’s tidy unbeaten 29 (21 balls) lifted Somerset to a competitive score.   

Yates (four fours and a six in 25) gave Warwickshire’s reply a brisk start until he was brilliantly caught at extra cover by Bartlett off Kasey Aldridge.  

A string of batters then also picked out fielders. Bartlett pounced again at extra when Dom Sibley (23, 36 balls) lifted a drive at Brooks  and Goldsworthy added wickets to his earlier runs as Hamza Shaikh swept to deep mid-wicket and Matt Lamb cut to point. 

That was 95 for four but as Rhodes and Brookes’ enterprising batting righted the ship and got the crowd involved. Brookes twice located the Hollies Stand on his way to a 53-ball half-century before edging Brooks to wicketkeeper Davies. 

Brooks’ then pinned Kai Smith lbw with a yorker to send Warwickshire into the last five overs needing another 42. Denied the required boundaries by disciplined, full-length bowling, they entered the final over requiring 21. That was well beyond the tail and they accompany their opponents out of the tournament.

Preview: Warwickshire v Somerset, Royal London Cup

Where and when

Edgbaston, Tuesday 23 August, 11am.

Bears Opener Dom Sibley said…

“It was a great win over Durham and keeps us in the mix so now we have just got to go out against Somerset, try not to worry too much about the table and just try to win the game and see where that takes us.”  

Recent form

Bears: WLWLW           
Somerset: LWLLL

Head to head

Played 58, Bears 28, Somerset 25, No result 5.

Blast from the past

Somerset’s Norwich Union League visit to Edgbaston in 2001 saw them blown away by ten wickets. After Somerset were bowled out for 120 (Alan Richardson three for 17, Neil Smith three for 19), the Bears eased to victory without loss in 17.5 overs thanks to Mark Wagh’s sparkling unbeaten 70 (64 balls, 15 fours).

Who’s hot?

Dom Sibley. 89 and 113 in his last two knocks.

Look out for

Kasey Aldridge. England Under 19s seamer who collected in a five-for in Somerset’s last game, against Surrey at the Kia Oval. 

Bears squad 

Will Rhodes (Captain) 
Ethan Brookes 
George Garrett
Olly Hannon-Dalby
Manraj Johal 
Amir Khan
Matt Lamb 
George Maddy
Liam Norwell 
Hamza Shaikh
Dom Sibley 
Kai Smith 
Rob Yates 

Michael Burgess remains unavailable following the injury he sustained against Leicestershire. Krunal Pandya is out for the rest of the competition and has flown home following the groin injury he sustained against Notts Outlaws.

How to Follow

Members and supporters can follow the match live in our Match Centre at, which will include a free to watch Live Stream, with BBC commentary, and a live text commentary.

Supporters can get involved by sending their match day comments and thoughts to, and we’ll publish the best ones on our live text commentary in the Match Centre.

Supporters can also watch the Live Stream and get instant push notifications of all wickets, innings and match results via the Edgbaston app, which is free to download on iOS and Android.

Match updates will also be available across the Club’s social media accounts, simply search for @WarwickshireCCC.

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