T20 Blast: Babar Azam leads Somerset to win against Glamorgan

Babar Azam
Pakistan batsman Babar Azam made his International T20 debut against England in 2016
Vitality Blast, Taunton
Somerset 177-8 (20 ovs): Babar Azam 63; de Lange 3-36
Glamorgan 152 (20 ovs): Lloyd 63, Salter 39*; Waller 3-19
Somerset won by 25 runs

Somerset moved into the top four of the South Group with a convincing 25-run win over bottom side Glamorgan.

A target of 178 proved beyond the visitors, who are still winless in the competition, as spinners Max Waller (3-19) and Roelof van der Merwe (1-26) bowled tightly.

David Lloyd, who hit 63 off 37 balls, received little in the way of support in Glamorgan's 152 all out.

Competition top-scorer Babar Azam hit 63 off 42 balls in Somerset's 177-8.

Tom Banton (34) helped Somerset get off to a flier on an experimental hybrid pitch, but the innings went in fits and starts after that with Andrew Salter (1-24) and Roman Walker (2-30) bowling tightly, while Marchant de Lange hit the stumps three times in the last over.

But Somerset claimed the early wickets of Shaun Marsh and Colin Ingram, run out by a poor Nick Selman call, and never looked in trouble despite Lloyd's superb efforts and a late flurry from Salter (39 not out).

Somerset face Surrey away on Tuesday 28 August, while Glamorgan next host Sussex on Bank Holiday Monday (1430).

Somerset's Max Waller told BBC Somerset:

"It was definitely set up by the batters but I thought the bowlers did a great job since we were 10-15 runs too light, we bowled and fielded brilliantly, nice to get the run-out of a crucial player like Ingram and it's pleasing to get rewards like those figures..

"There was a lot of talk about the hybrid wicket at the start, it played OK but I don't think it was as good as the real grass wickets we've been playing on, and a bit slower than people thought it was going to be.

"Momentum is crucial in this competition and it would be lovely to win our last two, especially against Middlesex because they're up there as well, but a crucial game at the Oval on Tuesday in a fantastic atmosphere."

Glamorgan's David Lloyd told BBC Sport Wales:

"We didn't get off to the best of starts, we showed some character to get to the score we did but it's disappointing because we could have won that game if we hadn't lost those wickets early on.

"I feel good (batting), it was nice to get runs at number four but I'd rather win games. I thought Roman bowled really well, he's really progressed over the last season and he's got a bright future, and it was good to see a few youngsters come out and have a go,

"A win in the last two games would be nice, we have Sussex and Hampshire who're both in the hunt. We've got to play for pride, give our supporters something to cheer about and if we get a win it'll give us confidence going back into the Championship (promotion effort)."

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