No runs for Pollard as Somerset go down in final

BIRMINGHAM, England, CMC – Itinerant West Indies Twenty20 batsman Kieron Pollard failed twice for Somerset as Leicestershire clinched the Friends Life T20 Championship here yesterday.

Playing in the final at Edgbaston, Pollard got just one as Somerset, chasing 146 for victory, were reduced to 127 for nine off their allotted overs.

Peter Trego (35) and James Hildreth (20) put Somerset on course for victory at 84 for two but once Hildreth perished, seven wickets fell for 38 runs.

Earlier, Pollard snared two for 24 with his medium pace to help limit Leicestershire to 145 for six.

In the preceding semi-final, Pollard could only muster eight runs but Somerset still managed to sneak past Hampshire, winning under the one-over eliminator.

Pakistani Shahid Afridi lashed 80 from 42 balls to spur Hampshire to 138 for four, with Pollard’s three overs costing 32 runs.

Set a revised target of 95 from 10 overs after a rain interruption, Somerset reached 94 to tie the scores.

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