A six wicket haul from Arul Suppiah helped the Somerset Sabres record a five wicket victory over the Glamorgan Dragons in a rain affected match at the SWALEC Stadium.
The 27 year old recorded the best ever t20 figures of 6-5 after he ripped through the Dragons line up to leave the Sabres facing a run chase of just 99 in a must win game for the visitor’s.
Despite being faced with a small run chase, the Sabres received an early scare after they were reduced to just 44-4 but Craig Meschede and Kieron Pollard responded with a 5th wicket stand of 31 to put the visitors in control.
Although Meschede’s (13) cameo was ended by Robert Croft in the 12th over, Pollard (31) and Jos Buttler (8) steered the Sabres home with just under four overs remaining to help the visitor’s strengthen their chances of securing a place in the Friends Life t20 quarters finals.
Having waited for almost an hour while ground staff prepared the pitch after heavy rain had delayed the start; the Dragons got off to the worst possible start after they lost Alviro Petersen (0) in the opening over.
Despite the lose Gareth Rees and Mark Cosgrove responded with a 2nd wicket stand of 40 which was ended by Max Waller (32-2) in the 6th over after he trapped Rees (34) LBW.
Cosgrove (9) and Mark Wallace (2) quickly followed before James Allenby (27) became Suppiah’s first victim on the night after he was dismissed in the 14th over to leave the Dragons 82-6.
With the home side on the ropes Suppiah struck to remove Chris Cooke (3), James Harris (3), Robert Croft (4) and Alex Jones (3) in quick succession to bowl the Dragons out for just 98.
The defeat leaves the Dragons six points behind the 4th place Essex Eagles and with only four games left to play the host’s chances of reaching the quarters finals are all but over.