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Sabres claim thrilling victory over the Outlaws

The Somerset Sabres held on to claim a thrilling 3 run Duckworth Lewis victory against the Nottinghamshire Outlaws to seal their place in the Friends Provident t20 Final against the Hampshire Royals at the Rose Bowl.

With tension mounting the Outlaws looked on course for victory but with a heavy rain shower slowly moving across the ground Kieron Pollard took a vital catch out on the boundary to remove Samit Patel.

The catch denied the Outlaws a vital six as they slipped behind the Duckworth Lewis par score of 121 as the rain turned heavier to leave the umpires with no choice but to bring the covers on.

With a Duckworth Lewis target of 152 the Outlaws got off to a rapid start thanks to Graeme Swann who was moved up the order to open with Alistair Brown.

The pair built an opening partnership of 33 as the Outlaws made an early attempt to get ahead of the Duckworth Lewis rate in case of further rain showers.

The plan seemed to work with Swann (11) smashing a huge six off the bowling Kieron Pollard before the big hitting West Indies all rounder struck back to dismiss Swann three balls later.

With more rain visible in the distance the Outlaws were well placed should there be any more stoppages but Alfonso Thomas came back into the attack to remove Brown (19) and Alex Hales (11) in the space of 4 balls.

The loss of two quick wickets left the Outlaws in deep trouble but Samit Patel hit back with a well crafted innings of 39 which brought the Outlaws back into contention as the rain started to fall again.

With the pressure mounting Patel’s innings was ended by Pollard who took an excellent catch out on the boundary off the bowling of Peter Trego to deny Patel his 4th six of the innings.

It proved to be the key moment in the game as the rain started to get heavier leaving the umpires with no option but to bring the player’s off 5 balls later with the Outlaws four runs short of the Duckworth Lewis par score of 121.

With no more play possible before the cut off point of 18.35 the Sabres sealed their place in the Friends Provident t20 Final against the Hampshire Royals.

Marcus Trescothick was in inspired form scoring a wonderful 22 ball half century to help the Somerset Sabres reach a total of 182-5 against the Nottinghamshire Outlaws in the second of today’s Friends Provident t20 semi finals at the Rose Bowl.

Trescothick made light work of the Outlaws much vaunted bowling attack; which included four bowlers from the Twenty20 World Cup Final in the Caribbean.

Dirk Nannes, Ryan Sidebottom, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann were all cast aside as the former England opener smashed 7 fours and 2 sixes on his way to his 20th Twenty20 half century.

Despite the early lose of Craig Kieswetter (14) and Peter Trego (2); Trescothick’s innings held the Sabres inning s together before he was brilliant stumped by Chris Read off the bowling of Swann at the end of the 10th over.

With Trescothick gone the Sabres lost their way losing James Hildreth (19) and Zander de Bruyn (4) quickly following to leave them 107-5 after 13.5 overs.

After such a good start; last years beaten finalists were in danger of slumping but Jos Buttler came to the rescue smashing a 21 ball half century to lead the fightback.

With the runs starting to flow after Swann (2-24) add completed his four overs; Buttler (55) enjoyed a 75 run partnership with Kieron Pollard (23) to help the Sabres set the Outlaws a run chase of 183.

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