Pollard blitz seals stunning victory for Sabres
Kieron Pollard smashed an incredible 89 runs from just 45 balls to lead the Somerset Sabres to a 5 wicket over the Middlesex Panthers on a night when the West Indian announced his arrival in county cricket in style.
With the Sabres in trouble Pollard smashed 7 four and 7 sixes in a devastating display of power hitting to lead last years beaten Twenty20 Cup finalists to an amazing victory.
Set a target of 156 for victory the Sabres big hitting top order failed to fire with Marcus Trescothick (20), Craig Kieswetter (2), James Hildtreth (5) and Jos Butler all going cheaply the leave the visitors 31-4 inside the first 6 overs.
With the Panthers on top Pollard came to the crease. Having already taken two wickets on his Sabres debut the big hitting West Indian built a 68 run partnership with Peter Trego (16) who only faced 11 balls.
With the Sabres in deep trouble Pollard launch a incredible blitz which saw him bring up his half century from just 25 balls which included 6 sixes to light up an astonished Lords.
Despite losing Trego in the 11th over Pollard was supported by Zander de Bruyn to complete his amazing inning to secure the victory for the Sabres.
Earlier, having won the toss Panthers skipper Shaun Udal decided to bat first but it turned out to be a poor decision after Adam Gilchrist (0) was dismissed by Ben Phillips in the third over.
Scott Newman (26) and Neil Dexter (29) added valuable contributions before Owais Shah and Eion Morgan built a 4th wicket partnership of 53.
Shah (26) was dismissed in the 16th over to leave Morgan (48) to see out the reaming 4 overs to help the Panthers reach 155-6.