Somerset sealed their place in the last eight of the 2021 Vitality Blast by thrashing Glamorgan by 74 runs on Friday night. New Zealand batter Devon Conway was instrumental in the victory as he batted from start to finish and his unbeaten 70 helped Somerset amass 181-5.
Then, in the second innings, Somerset unleashed its trio of left-arm spinners on Glamorgan and they didn’t know what him them. Lewis Goldsworthy and Roelof van der Merwe picked three wickets apiece, while Jack Leach grabbed a pair as Somerset bundled out Glamorgan for a mere 107 and staked their claim as one of the teams to look out for in the playoffs.
What’s scary is that Somerset were without their England internationals Lewis Gregory and Tom Banton for this game. It should be an indication of the amount of talent on Somerset’s books and their playoffs rivals should take note.
Gloucestershire will be kicking themselves for missing out on a chance to seal their playoffs berth on Friday night when they got defeated by Surrey – a side that has been a constant thorn for them in recent memory.
Surrey defeated Glos in last year’s semi-finals and then kept them from qualifying for the quarter-finals this time. Fortunately for Jack Taylor and co, they will have another shot at making the cut this Sunday against the highflying Somerset, who might take their foot off the accelerator on account of having already sealed their qualification.
The defeat means that Surrey leapfrogged Gloucestershire, who now must beat Somerset to have a chance of progression.
As already discussed enough and also acknowledged by Taylor himself, Gloucestershire’s problem has been their inability to capitlise on hot starts. Apart from Glenn Phillips, no one in their middle-order has looked comfortable in the middle overs, which has kept them from fulfilling their true potential.