DORSET County Cricket Club’s much anticipated T20 friendly against Somerset ended in defeat at North Perrott CC’s in front of a good crowd on Tuesday evening.
The Monkeys’ Willis Lane ground will rarely have hosted such a star studded line-up as took the to field for Somerset who included a full strength line up in a warm-up for their upcoming Vitality 20 Blast campaign.
Dorset skipper Luke Webb won the toss and elected to insert the Cidermen who included six internationals in their team.
South African Johan Myburgh and former England keeper batsman Steven Davies proceded to put on 29 for the first wicket before the latter was snapped up by Josh Digby off Brad Currie for 19 off just six deliveries.
Curie who finished with fine figures of 2 for 24 from his four overs then removed the popular Peter Trgeo for a run a ball 11 with the score at 48 for 2.
This brought James Hildreth to the crease, and the batsman widely considered to be the best never to play test cricket for England, showed his T20 skills with a top score unbeaten 63 off 43 balls with Myburgh making a useful 30 as Somerset closed on 170 for 8 from their 20 overs having plundered 51 off the last five.
In addition to Currie, Josh Digby (2-19) and Dom Clutterbuck (2-43) both bragged braces for Dorset.
In reply, the hosts lost Ben Wells and skipper Webb and were 25 for 2 at the end of the fifth over. Ed Ellis top scored with 26 and when he fell at 68 for 4 local boy Alex Eckland strode to the crease.
But at 56 for 3 at the half way stage a victory chase was never really on the chards. Eckland made 13 on his former home track before falling for 13 as Dorset fell 51 runs short and were all out for 112 midway through the final over. Paceman Jamie Overton did most damage with the ball for Somerset taking 3 for 21 while club skipper Tom Abell struck twice (2 for 5) in his two overs.