Somerset's t20 Blast campaign was dealt another blow after a narrow seven-run defeat at the hands of Glamorgan on Friday night.
Needing 177 to win, Peter Trego and James Hildreth put on 98 runs in 10.4 overs for the fourth wicket, but ultimately fell just short thanks to excellent late bowling by West Indies captain Darren Sammy and Australian fast bowler Michael Hogan.
Glamorgan captain Jim Allenby batted through the innings, making an impressive 96 not out off 59 balls. He was ably supported by Jacques Rudolph (40) and Chris Cooke (18), as Somerset's bowlers faltered. Only Alfonso Thomas (1-30) and Max Waller (1-29) went at less than nine runs per over.
In fact, had Thomas' second and third overs gone for more than their combined eight runs, the Welsh side would have posted an even more formidable total.
The score looked more than enough after 2.4 overs. Somerset were 11/2 having lost inspirational opening pair Marcus Trescothick and the in-form Craig Kieswetter for single-figure scores.
Alviro Petersen's brisk, 24-ball knock of 31 livened things up, but when Andrew Salter (1-26) had him caught by Dean Cosker, the chase faltered and at the half-way stage, Somerset needed over 100 runs from the remaining 60 balls. Not even the most optimistic of Taunton fans would have backed the home side.
However, Trego and Hildreth built an impressive partnership, with Trego taking a liking to off-spinner Salter, leaving the home side with an improbable but possible 27 runs required off the last over.
Things instantly looked bright. Medium-pacer Graeme Wagg was hit for four, six and two in his first three balls, but when Trego took a single, the hosts' chances were over.
Hildreth hit the penultimate ball for six, but Wagg held his nerve and had the wily campaigner caught by Hogan for 33.
Somerset have now won just one of their first four t20s this summer and they will be hoping to fare better against Hampshire in their fixture next Friday.
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