T20 Blast: Dirk Nannes shines as Somerset beat Middlesex
NatWest T20 Blast, Taunton
Somerset 183-3 (20 overs) beat Middlesex Panthers 161-7 (20 overs) by 22 runs
A Dirk Nannes-inspired Somerset failed to reach the T20 Blast quarter-finals, despite a 22-run win over Middlesex.
A stand of 105 by Nick Compton (58) and Marcus Trescothick (46) helped Somerset to 183-3, with Ravi Patel taking 3-36.
Dawid Malan (34) hit six boundaries in eight balls until he went to left-arm paceman Nannes (3-28), whose three wickets in seven balls proved decisive.
From 71-5, John Simpson (47no) and Neil Dexter (33) hit out to put on 57, but Middlesex still fell well short.
Having won the toss, Somerset quickly found the boundary boards and even once Compton and Trescothick both fell in the same Patel over, the momentum was not lost.
Peter Trego (35no), Colin Ingram (21) and James Hildreth (18no) all scored at well over a run a ball as the Middlesex bowlers toiled for little reward.
In reply, the visitors, who have struggled throughout the T20 Blast, lost too many early wickets to keep themselves in contention.
Once big names Eoin Morgan (18) and Dan Christian (5) followed soon after Malan, Somerset were always likely to run out victors, but Simpson's entertaining innings from 30 balls, with five fours and a six, at least restored some pride.
However, the hosts' success was in vain as Glamorgan's hammering of Gloucestershire meant the Welshmen clinched fourth place in the South Group to claim a quarter-final spot.
Somerset batsman Nick Compton:
"We didn't deserve to reach the quarter-finals.
"All the ingredients are there to be successful at T20, but for whatever reason we haven't played well enough this year."
Middlesex head coach Richard Scott:
"We just couldn't get going in the competition and there are no excuses.
"We just weren't good enough, but in recent games there have been plenty of positive signs for the future."