Worcestershire 251 (Cox 58, Campher 3-51) was defeated by Somerset 287 for 9 (Rew 101).
The second List continued James Rew’s brilliant summer. Somerset’s first Metro Bank One-Day Cup victory of the season, a 36-run win over Worcestershire Rapids at Taunton, featured a century from his burgeoning career.
After winning the toss, the home side amassed 287 for 9, with 19-year-old Rew hitting 101 off 93 balls, with eight fours and two sixes, to cap off a stellar season in the LV= Insurance County Championship. Lewis Goldsworthy provided 47 runs, while Ben Gibbon recovered from a bad start to take 3 for 58.
Worcestershire appeared to be favorites after replying with 232 for 5, but were bowled out for 251 all out, with Ben Cox top-scoring with 58 and both Rob Jones and Joe Leach contributing 41. Curtis Campher finished with three for fifty-one.
Somerset raced to 22 off the first over, bowled by left-arm seamer Gibbon, to set the tone for the game. George Thomas drew three boundaries, with six wides and four leg-byes rounding out the total.
There were 31 runs on the board when Thomas was caught behind driving forward to Leach on the final delivery of the second over.
In the 18th over, Andy Umeed and Goldsworthy raised the score to 96 before Umeed edged a leg-side ball from Cameron Jones through to Cox and was out for 34.
Goldsworthy got a six off Josh Baker, but he and Rew were mostly satisfied to milk ones and twos, laying the groundwork for a big total. Goldsworthy attempted to cut a ball from Brett D’Oliveira that was too close to him and got an edge through to Cox, bringing the score to 147.
By that moment, Rew was in a good position, scoring frequently through the legs and making good use of the reverse sweep.
Rew was well positioned by that point, scoring frequently through the legs and making effective use of the reverse sweep. He reached fifty off 52 balls and was joined in another profitable partnership by skipper Sean Dickson.
On his way to a valuable 37 off 40 balls, Dickson unleashed two massive sixes, the first off one of two no-ball free knocks granted by Worcestershire for infringing fielding regulations.
Rew was steadily accruing while occasionally releasing. George Bartlett and Campher both went cheaply before the young wicketkeeper added to his already spectacular season by hitting his ninth four to reach a 91-ball century.
Rew was caught at deep backward square off Gibbon after adding a single, leaving Somerset 274 for seven with 13 balls remaining in their innings. They lost two more wickets, and Worcestershire may be relieved to keep the total under 300.
The visitors immediately lost three of their top order in the first 12 overs, with Azhar Ali getting an inside edge onto his stumps off Ned Leonard, who then had D’Oliveira superbly caught at deep backward square by Shoaib Bashir.
Worcestershire were 75 for 3 when Jake Libby was beautifully caught by Rew, one-handed diving to his right off Lamb. But Jones was on a roll and was largely responsible for his team’s success.
Somerset were well aware that they needed more wickets. When Kashif Ali called for a quick single to mid-wicket, Jones was unable to beat Goldsworthy’s left-arm direct hit at the wicketkeeper’s end.
Jack Brooks, who had dropped Kashif the previous over, caught and bowled him. Cox and Leach then put on a sensible 73-run stand in 13 overs.
Worcestershire were 55 runs away from victory when Cox top-edged a short ball from Campher to Goldsworthy at midwicket. Josh Baker was caught at cover in the same over, indicating a collapse.
Leach had started to loosen up his arms, hitting a six and four fours. When Goldsworthy’s left-arm spin trapped him LBW, the Rapids had lost three wickets on the same score and were 232 for eight. They never fully recovered.
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