Somerset completed a double over Hampshire in this season’s NatWest t20 Blast, denying their opponents the chance to move top of the South Group in the process with a 39-run triumph.
Craig Kieswetter top-scored with 60 as Somerset – in desperate need of the points to keep alive their hopes of qualifying for the knockout stages – recovered from the early loss of skipper Marcus Trescothick to post 155-4.
Peter Trego made 25 from 20 balls after replacing his captain in the middle as he put on 55 with Kieswetter, who then added the same again in partnership with Alviro Peterson.
Kieswetter managed two sixes and five fours in his half-century, taking his tally for the tournament this season to 458 in 10 innings. Only Surrey’s Jason Roy (471) has scored more.
South African Peterson finished up unbeaten on 38 as he and James Hildreth (21) made sure the visitors posted a solid total at the Ageas Bowl, despite a break in their innings due to rain.
Hampshire’s run chase simply never got going, the run outs of Glenn Maxwell and Michael Carberry not helping their cause as they slumped to 41-6 in the eighth over.
Matt Coles did his best to keep up with the ever-increasing required rate, hitting a six and three fours as he made 25 down the order. Max Waller came in for some particularly harsh treatment, his third over going for 20.
However, the leg-spinner gained a modicum of revenge soon after when he caught Coles in the deep, giving Peter Trego his second wicket of the innings after he had started the early slide for the hosts by trapping skipper James Vince lbw for a first-ball duck.
There was also a pair of wickets for Alfonso Thomas and Dirk Nannes, while Somerset cashed in on a breakdown in communication to run out Maxwell before he’d troubled the scorers.
Michael Carberry had been involved in the mix-up, turning his back on a potential two to leave his Australian team-mate stranded, then was duly run out himself for 10, failing to beat Thomas’ direct hit.
Waller had Sean Ervine stumped for four and although Coles tried his hardest to keep Hampshire alive, they were eventually bowled out for 115 with a ball to spare in the 17th over.
Somerset move up to fifth place in the table with the win, just one point back of Glamorgan. Hampshire sit second but have now played two more matches than leaders Essex.