Durston and Hildreth guide Somerset to 132
Wes Durston starred in a 77-run stand with James Hildreth to guide Somerset to 132 for eight against Diamond Eagles in the League A opener of the Champions League Twenty20 here today.
Recovering from the shock of Marcus Trescothick's sudden departure for home due to stress-related illness, Somerset found themselves in a hole at 52 for five inside nine overs with Corneius de Villiers (4/17) wreaking havoc.
Durston (57 off 32 balls) and Hildreth (31) then steadied the ship with a crucial partnership that may not have resulted in an imposing total but at least gave their bowlers something to defend.
de Villiers triggered panic in his first over, trapping opener Craig Kieswater (8) and next man in Arul Suppiah (0) with his fourth and fifth legitimate deliveries separated by a wide ball.