Recent Match Report – Sussex vs Somerset Group A 2022

Sussex 397 for 5 (Orr 206, Pujara 66) batted Somerset 196 (Currie 3-38, Coles 3-31) by 201 runs

Ali Orr smashed the first ever List A double century by a Sussex player as the Sharks maintained their impressive Royal London Cup form with a 201-run demolition of Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton.

The 21-year-old left-hander smashed a brutal 206, off 161 balls, with 11 sixes and 18 fours, to help his side post 397 for five after the loss. Cheteshwar Pujara contributed 66 and Delray Rawlings 54 not out off just 23 deliveries.

Orr eclipsed the previous highest individual innings by a Sharks player, the 174 made by Pujara against Surrey at Hove just five days earlier, and earned a share of fifth place among the all-time top scorers in List A cricket.

In reply, shellshocked Somerset were bowled out for 196 in 38.2 overs as they slumped to a seventh defeat in as many group matches and their heaviest ever in List A cricket by a margin of runs. Only Andrew Umeed, with 56, provided much resistance.

Apart from a three-over opening from Jack Brooks, Somerset’s seamers lacked any sort of control on a real pitch and Orr was only in the mood to capitalise.

His first fifty occupied 45 balls, the second 61, the third 24 and the fourth 29, as he mercilessly punished everything off the line, launching the vast majority of his sixes over mid-wicket and long-on with impressive bat speed.

It was killer display that required just one moment of luck. On 66, he edged Alfie Ogbourne through to wicketkeeper James Rew, who took a diving catch, only to see a no-ball signalled.

Apart from that, Orr, whose previous best List A score in just 11 matches was 108, produced a display of clean hitting rarely matched at the ground known for rapid scoring.

From 61 for two, Danial Ibrahim having beaten Brooks to Matt Renshaw at slip and Tom Clark being run out in a mix-up with Orr over a quick single, Sussex assumed total dominance.

Pujara characteristically picked ones and twos in a stand of 140 for the third wicket. The Indian maestro also hit 5 fours and a six before being caught and bowled by Kasey Aldridge from a leading edge.

Fynn Hudson-Prentice supported Orr with a solid 36 in a partnership of 98. When he was caught at long-on to hand slow left-armer Josh Thomas a maiden List A wicket, Rawlings stepped out to inflict harsher punishment.

Three sixes and 6 fours helped him to a 22-ball half-century, while at the other end, Orr continued to plunder runs. When the opener was finally taken at long-off in the last over of the innings, spectators lined the ground to applaud.

It took just eight deliveries of the Somerset reply for the Sharks bowlers to show what was possible with line and length, Bradley Currie swinging a ball away from Rew and having him caught at second slip.

Lewis Goldsworthy, who had only got seven overs despite being the pick of Somerset’s bowlers, pulled a ball from Currie onto his stumps and skipper Matt Renshaw took a catch behind Aristides Karvelas to leave the hosts 26 for three.

After being forced by injuries and a hundred calls to sign Gloucestershire all-rounder George Scott on a two-match loan, Somerset faced humiliation.

So it proved, as George Bartlett was caught in the middle of the pitch to move down the pitch to Henry Crocombe, who then had Thomas caught in cover for a complete mishap.

Umeed moved steadily to a maiden List A fifty off 47 balls. But he was caught when he dropped the first over from slow left-armer James Coles, and when Rawlins had Aldridge caught behind it was 114 for seven.

Scott, Brooks and Ogborne, who hit Rawlins for a straight six, produced some belligerent tail thrusts to boost the meager total. But for Somerset it was another disastrous day in a disastrous 50-over campaign.

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