Hampshire missed the chance to go top of the South Group on Sunday with a disappointing defeat at the hands of the inconsistent Somerset, largely thanks to a woeful display of top-order batting.
Any side that loses their two most dangerous batsmen in an over would struggle, but it was the hosts who were the masters of their own downfall; during Tim Groenewald's second over of his Somerset career, both Glenn Maxwell and Michael Carberry were run out thanks to poor communication between batsmen, and Hampshire never recovered.
Having won the toss and elected to bat on a good surface, Somerset's captain Marcus Trescothick yet again struggled at the top of the order, as he was caught behind off Chris Wood for just two. The ex-England opener has enjoyed an excellent County Championship season but now averages just 5.5 in t20 cricket for 2014.
Looking a little bogged down at 18/1 in 4 overs, Peter Trego and Craig Kieswetter then took the attack to Hampshire's bowlers as they plundered 31 off the final two powerplay overs, bowled by Matt Coles and Kyle Abbott.
Trego, visibly carrying an injury, picked out Will Smith in the 8th over, but Alviro Petersen came in and supported Kieswetter well during their partnership of 55.
Kieswetter, who still harbours serious England hopes, is now second on the runs aggregate list behind Jason Roy after his 60 here, and has failed to make 37 only once in his past 16 English t20 innings.
Some excellent bowling towards the end by Chris Wood coupled with a brief rain delay slowed Somerset down, as they finished on what seemed to be a below-par score of just 155/4.
However, few would have predicted what followed.
Vince removed for golden duck
Peter Trego removed James Vince for a golden duck during his first over, and in the second of the match, Dirk Nannes removed the in-form Jimmy Adams, who was caught by Craig Meschede.
At 11/2, Will Smith came in and played positively, but after a field change by Marcus Trescothick which moved Alviro Petersen to deep mid-wicket, he fell the very next ball, picking out the South Africa opener in the deep off a slow full-toss by Alfonso Thomas.
33/3 looked a shaky start, but two run-outs in the sixth over, of Glenn Maxwell and Carberry, followed by Sean Ervine being stumped off Max Waller in the eighth, left Hampshire 41/6 and the contest effectively over.
Coles entered the fray and swung like a rusty gate, although he did entertain the crowd when taking 20 off a Max Waller over, but despite the efforts of him, Chris Wood, Michael Bates and Kyle Abbott, the top-order frailties were exposed, and the home side were bowled out for 116.
Somerset's qualification chances are still alive, and wins over Glamorgan and Gloucestershire would leave them with an excellent chance of sneaking into the quarter-finals. Hampshire are still on track for a home quarter-final, but will need to recover from this result by beating Middlesex at the Ageas Bowl on Friday night.
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