Auckland crawl to 125 against Somerset

Somerset players celebrate the fall of a wicket during their CLT20 match against Auckland © AFP


Hyderabad: Sep 20, 2011


Somerset produced a brilliant bowling display to restrict Auckland Aces to a modest 125 for seven in their first qualifying match of the Champions League twenty20 tournament here on Tuesday.


Electing to bat, Auckland could never recover from their disastrous start where they lost three wickets for 14 runs in 3.1 overs and failed to put enough runs on the board in their second qualifying do-or-die match here.


Lou Vincent top-scored with an unbeaten run-a-ball 47, laced with three fours and a six, but with wickets tumbling on the other hand, he was left to do very little.


For Somerset, Peter Trego (2/26) and Alfonso Thomas (2/21) picked up two wickets each, while C Waller (1/18) and RE van der Merwe (1/25) scalped one each.


Earlier, Openers Martin Guptill (9) and Jimmy Adams (0) failed to give Auckland a good start as Trego trapped the latter in front of wicket in the second over itself.


First down Rob Quiney (4) also could not last long and was sent packing by Thomas in the third over after being adjudged lbw to a delivery that stayed a touch low.


Guptill, who was dropped by Max Waller in the second ball off Thomas, couldn’t make use of the opportunity and was dismissed by Trego when his lofted shot landed in the hands of James Hildreth.


Skipper Gareth Hopkins and Vincent then joined hands and brought up the fifty in the ninth over.


Vincent scored his first four with a thickish edge past the keeper, before hitting Trego for a boundary and a six in the sixth over.


Hopkins then hit a couple of fours before a direct throw from Arul Suppiah ended his innings and reduced Auckland to 63 for four in 10.1 overs.


Colin Munro (6), Kyle Mills and Ronnie Hira too failed to make any impact, while Andre Adams (13) had just a six to his name.


Brief Scores: Auckland Aces 125 for 7 in 20 overs (Lou Vincent 45*, Gareth Hopkins 22; Alfonso Thomas 2 for 17, Peter Trego 2 for 260 vs Somerset