Lancashire coach Peter Moores was full of praise for Somerset after his side's Clydesdale Bank 40 defeat at Old Trafford.
Alfonso Thomas claimed a superb 4-34 from seven overs and Ben Phillips 3-28 from 7.5 as the Lightning lost their last six wickets for 20 runs in 21 balls to slip to 193 all out in their pursuit of 236. It was their second Group A defeat in the opening three Group A matches.
Arul Suppiah’s one-day career best 80 had anchored Somerset’s 235 all out, but Daren Powell’s impressive 4-49 from eight ensured that the Taunton side were kept well in check.
Paul Horton and Stephen Moore both hit half-centuries in the chase, but Thomas and Phillips ensured a 42-run win for the visitors with 13 balls remaining.
Moores said: “Credit to Somerset, they played really good cricket. They got away from us in that last powerplay, then bowled tight lines and made it hard for us. We are disappointed, but they deserve the credit for keeping the pressure on us.
“We were confident of chasing 235. I thought par was about 240, but they got away from us right at the end. We had them six wickets down with five overs left - and thought if we got one more wicket we could have kept them to 220.
“When we batted we didn’t get away as we would have like - and would have liked to get out of the blocks a bit quicker.”
Jamaican Powell picked up the wickets of Nick Compton, Suppiah, Peter Trego and Thomas in his best spell of bowling for the county, while Tom Smith and Kyle Hogg also chipped in with a couple of wickets apiece.
Moores said: “Daren is getting better every time he bowls. He is getting overs under his belt. He has had two great days in the field as well, and is getting stuck in. He is getting very chilly though! But it was nice to see him get wickets.”
The Lightning had things under control when Jos Buttler was stumped off a Smith wide by Luke Sutton to leave the score at 168-6 after 32.
But big-hitting Trego, who notched 38 off 31 balls, smeared four boundaries off Hogg in the 35th over – the first of the batting powerplay - to bring the visitors back into contention. Late order collapses seemed to be the order of the day because Somerset also lost their last four wickets for 20 runs in 13 balls.
Smith was trapped lbw by Phillips for a duck in the second over of the home side’s chase.
Moore and Horton, 51 and 59 respectively, then shared a second wicket stand of 78 in 18 overs before the former holed out to mid-on off the left-arm spin of Suppiah to leave the score at 86-2 in the 20th.
And when Ashwell Prince (23) scooped Thomas to Trescothick at mid-wicket in the 27th, the Lightning were on the slide at 130-3.
The Red Rose won Sunday’s fixture against Glamorgan when they needed 87 off the last ten overs with seven wickets in hand, but repeating the feat was out of the question early in their batting powerplay.
Horton found Phillips at deep square-leg to give leg-spinner Max Waller a wicket. And then Thomas got rid of Chilton and Hogg, both caught in the ring, while Phillips forced Croft to hole out too. Lancashire were 177-7 in the 36th.
Stephen Parry was run out before Thomas and Phillips added their fourth and third wickets respectively, those of Sutton and Mahmood both bowled.
Moores, who at least saw his side beat Glamorgan on Sunday, said: “We knew these one-day games were big games. We targeted two wins, so you can’t help but be disappointed we didn’t get home.”
Both sides return to Old Trafford tomorrow for their LV= County Championship match.
Graham Hardcastle at Old Trafford
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Moores added: “The mood in the camp is really good. We have played some good cricket, have won two out of three in the Championship, and would probably have won the other game if the weather hadn’t intervened. We go into tomorrow very confident.”