One-Day Cup: Nottinghamshire and Somerset tie thriller
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Trent Bridge|
|Nottinghamshire 261-8 (50 overs) tied with Somerset 261-8 (50 overs)|
Tim Groenewald's single off the final ball saw Somerset dramatically tie with Nottinghamshire in the One-Day Cup.
Nottinghamshire had posted 261-8, with Riki Wessels (44) and Samit Patel (46) sharing a 90-run partnership, and James Franklin (59) top scoring.
Somerset openers Marcus Trescothick (61) and Nick Compton (68) put on 125 for the first wicket in reply.
But they slipped to 244-8 and with two to win off the last ball, Groenewald could only take one off Luke Fletcher.
Somerset seemed to be cruising to victory at 203-3 but Fletcher bowled James Hildreth before Harry Gurney removed Colin Ingram for 50 to leave them 229-5 with 3.5 overs left.
England one-day international Gurney then dismissed Craig Overton and Alex Barrow in quick succession to swing the match back in Notts' favour.
However, Groenewald, who only recently joined Somerset from Derbyshire, brought his side back into it with a six, but with seven runs needed to win off the last over from Fletcher they could not squeeze over the line.
Notts seam bowler Harry Gurney:
"We've had some close results recently, and it was honours even today which is slightly frustrating when you first walked off the pitch, but when we reflect on it, a point apiece is probably the fair result.
"We thought north of 280 was probably par, but our batsmen can't get 300 every week so us bowlers need to stand up.
"I was beginning to wonder where my first wicket was going to come from, but the yorkers started to come out right towards the end and I was always confident that Fletch would do the business in the final over."
Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick:
"We're disappointed. We felt we'd kept them to a good score and felt we could knock it off.
"We got off to a really good start with myself and Compo putting 120-odd on, but it needed one of us to go on and get 80 or 90 perhaps. It would have been a different outcome then, I'm sure.
"When you look back on the day, you know they are a good side and to come here at any time and get a point is a decent result, but it could have been more."
BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle:
"What a dramatic conclusion. There is a fair amount of resilience and steeliness in the Notts side this season, always refusing to accept they are beaten.
"That may come to their aid as far as winning trophies is concerned over the next few weeks, but today it was enough to secure a precious point.
"Fair play to Somerset, it was an absolutely gripping contest - one-day cricket at its very best."