One-Day Cup: Somerset beat Worcestershire by 56 runs
|Royal London One-Day Cup, Taunton|
|Somerset 305-7 (50 overs): Cooper 93 not out, Hose 46, Allenby 45; Barnard 3-60|
|Worcestershire 249 (45.2 overs): Barnard 51; Trego 3-45, Leach 3-52, C Overton 3-54|
|Somerset won by 56 runs|
Tom Cooper struck an unbeaten 93 as Somerset secured a 56-run One-Day Cup victory over Worcestershire at Taunton.
Cooper, supported by Adam Hose (46) and Jim Allenby (45), hit seven fours and three sixes in his 91-ball innings to guide the hosts to 305-7 from 50 overs.
Worcestershire's reply got off to a nightmare start when Richard Oliver was dismissed in the first over.
Ed Barnard (51) led a mini-fightback but Peter Trego took (3-45) as the away side stumbled to 249 all out.
The win was Somerset's first in the One-Day Cup in 2015, having slipped to defeats in each of their opening two matches. It was also only their fifth victory in 17 limited-overs matches this season, after they endured a disappointing T20 Blast campaign.
Allenby's side have now leapfrogged Worcestershire, who themselves are without a success so far in this year's 50-over competition.
Somerset director of cricket Matthew Maynard:
"That was a special performance by the team today and hopefully the start of something for us.
"There was a real vibrancy about the side and some very good performances. Tom Cooper had to pace his innings and did so perfectly to get us to a decent total.
"Craig Overton and Tim Groenewald then bowled superbly at the start of Worcestershire's reply, while Jack Leach again showed what a promising young player he is."
Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes:
"Somerset thoroughly deserved their victory. They were better than us in all departments and it was a game we need to learn from.
"Fortunately, with a young team the opportunity is there to learn. We need to start better with the bat to set up the chance of a decent total.
"We had control of the game for a time in Somerset's innings, but Cooper and Allenby batted sensibly and their partnership laid the foundation for the team to score heavily off the last five overs."