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Somerset collect Twenty20 prize

Graeme Smith gave Somerset the perfect send-off as the departing captain starred with the bat to take the Cidermen to glory in the Twenty20 Cup.

Graeme Smith gave Somerset the perfect send-off as the departing captain starred with the bat to take the Cidermen to glory in the Twenty20 Cup.

Smith hit 64 not out as his team chased down a target of 115 in a match reduced to 16 overs per side, with seven wickets and 11 balls to spare.

Earlier, Andy Caddick and Richard Johnson shared four early wickets as Lancashire's big guns failed to fire.

They were 69-6 before Stuart Law (59) led a partial recovery.

Lancashire elected to bat first after the start time had been postponed by an hour.

It meant that the conditions for batting, with the floodlights starting to take effect, were already awkward when Caddick took the new ball for Somerset.

Mal Loye twice mis-hit attempted slog-sweeps in the first over.

The first chance was dropped by Johnson while the second went to the same fielder on the deep square leg fence - this time he made amends.

In Caddick's second over, the prize wicket of Andrew Flintoff was captured as another shot across the line resulted in a catch.

And there was another massive success for Somerset when Andrew Symonds was run out following some brilliant work by Wes Durston at backward point.

Johnson's two wickets in two balls left Lancashire in terrible trouble and when Ian Blackwell bowled Mark Chilton it was 69-6.

Law and Andrew Crook rode their luck to take the score to 101 before the next wicket fell, but Johnson returned to claim his third wicket.

Somerset, knowing they did not have to do anything outrageous with the bat, began in sensible fashion.

The wicket of Marcus Trescothick, caught behind off a pumped-up Flintoff for 10, did not faze Smith and Matthew Wood.

Wood responded by hitting Glenn Chapple for four fours off consecutive deliveries, with some superb cuts and drives.

He was bowled by Flintoff and Blackwell failed when driving Gary Keedy to long on.

But the acceleration provided by Wood allowed Smith and James Hildreth to coast through a few overs with just a run a ball required.

Finally, Smith turned on the style to launch two sixes before Hildreth's winning boundary brought the men from the West Country the glory.

source - bbc.co.uk
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