3:49pm Wednesday 27th June 2012
SOMERSET remain unbeaten after their opening six games in this year's FLt20 and currently top the Midlands, Wales and West group of the FLt20 competition.
During the past week the Cidermen have taken five out a possible six points from the three games that they have played, despite being without the services of a number of their international players.
Against Warwickshire at Edgbaston on Thursday in an already rain reduced match Somerset had scored 59 for one from the 7.1 overs of play that were possible before the game was eventually abandoned because of the weather at 8.45pm.
On Friday at the County Ground it was James Hildreth’s turn to come to the party as he slammed his first ever T20 century, to see a depleted Somerset side to a thrilling six wicket victory off the penultimate ball of the game against Glamorgan.
Batting first the Welsh Dragons posted 178-5, in reply to which the hosts had slipped to 24-3 before Hildreth took control of the situation.
The 27-year-old smashed 15 fours and a six, which included five boundaries in a single over from James Harris.
Despite Hildreth's heroics the game was still on a knife edge going into the final over until off the next to last ball Lewis Gregory hit Jim Allenby for six over long off to seal the result.
Hildreth remained unbeaten on 107 and described the innings as the best one-day knock of his career.
On Tuesday evening Somerset romped to a seven wicket away victory over Northants with more than six overs to spare.
After putting the Steelbacks in to bat the Somerset bowlers limited the hosts to just 115- 6 from their 20 overs.
Veteran paceman Steve Kirby ended with 2-14 from his four overs, while there were also two wickets each for George Dockrell and Arul Suppiah.
The Cidermen made light work of their reply as master blasters Richard Levi and Craig Kieswetter put on 61 for the first wicket off just 34 balls before Levi was out for 35 off 18 balls which included two fours and four sixes.
Kieswetter, who was making a surprising return to the county from England duty, went onto make 51 off 35 balls including six fours and one six, before James Hildreth (13 not) and Jos Buttler (1 not) saw the visitors home with 38 balls to spare.
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