Hyderabad: A second close defeat in a row put Auckland Aces out of the CLT20 qualifiers as Somerset won the match off the last ball by four wickets here on Tuesday.
20th over: Hildreth's (34) dismissal off the penultimate ball added to the drama, with one needed off the last ball. But Somerset skipper Alfonso Thomas hit one over the in-field to secure a four-wicket win and throw Auckland out of the qualifiers.
Somerset batsman Chris Jones walks out towards the pavilion after being dismissed by Auckland bowler Kyle Mills during the Champions League Twenty20 qualifying match in Hyderabad, India, on Tuesday, Sept 20, 2011. (AP)
19th over: An even better over this one for Somerset. James Hildreth turning it on for Somerset, takes 15 runs off Mills' over. Just five needed off the last over now.
18th over: Twelve runs in the over have brought the equation on level pegging. Somerset 106/5, now need 20 off last 12 deliveries.
12th over: Somerset's slide continues. Arul Suppiah has to depart as Roneel Hira completes a nice catch off Chris Martin to reduce Somerset to 64/5. Auckland on top at this stage.
10th over: What an over bowled by Michael Bates. Two wickets of the first two balls, followed by four dot balls make it maiden double-wicket over. First Bates removed Peter Trego and then followed it up with Compton's scalp of the very next ball. Game on at 54/4 at the halfway stage.
9th over: Just when it looked Somerset were setting themselves up for am easy win, Roneel Hira gets the wicket of van der Merwe (18).
6th over: Somerset are doing it nice and easy until now, reaching 41/1 at the end of six overs. Sensible batting from here should take them through.
3rd over: After a good beginning, Somerset are pegged back with Jones' wicket. Kyle Mills the bowler but more importantly Jimmy Adams takes a stunning catch. Somerset 26/1.
2nd over: Chris Jones takes two fours off the over bowled by Chris Martin. Somerset have begun their chase well at 16 for no loss.
Auckland Aces Innings:
20th over: A disciplined performance from all the bowlers restricts Auckland to 125/7. Lou Vincent remains not out at 47 off 47 balls. Alfonso Thomas and Peter Trego took two wickets each for Somerset. Not a big total but will take some doing on a slow wicket.
18th over: Somerset can't do anything wrong as they get another Kiwi. This time it's Roneel Hira whose attempt to break the shackles ends in the hands of Hildreth and mid-off.
16th over: After keeping a lid on scoring, Roelof van der Merwe finally gets among wickets as he bowls Kyle Mills to leave Auckland reeling at 102/6 with just four overs left.
12th over: Colin Munro is bowled by Max Waller as Auckland continue to slide. Lou Vincent is the only hope left with half the side already back in the hut. Auckland 70/5.
10th over A promising partnership between Gareth Hopkins and Lou Vincent has been ended by a run-out. Arul Suppiah throws the stumps direct at Hopkins' end as the Kiwi attempted to snatch a second run, which was never there. Hopkins made run-a-ball 22.
6th over: Lou Vincent makes the most of last over of powerplay. Auckland 37/3.
4th over: Three wickets in three overs now. Trego gets his second wicket as Martin Guptill hits it straight to Hildreth position at long-on. Auckland tottering at 16/3 in the must-win game.
3rd Over: And another one down for Auckland. It's Rob Quiney this time who is trapped lbw by Somerset skipper Alonso Thomas. At 14/2, Auckland now have to dig deep to get to a respectable total.
2nd Over: Peter Trego draws first blood, off the last ball of the over. Jimmy Adams was found right in front when the ball struck his pad. Not a good start for Auckland.
Earlier, Auckland Aces captain Gareth Hopkins won the toss and elected to bat first against Somerset on a batting friendly strip at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.
Somerset had come to the tournament without their regular skipper Marcus Trescothick and they were led by Alfonso Thomas.
Auckland, who lost their Monday's closely-fought game to Kolkata Knight Riders, had to win Tuesday's match in order to keep their hopes alive to enter the main event.
Auckland: Jimmy Adams, Martin Guptill, Lou Vincent, Rob Quiney, Kyle Mills, Gareth Hopkins (wk/c), Andre Adams, Michael Bates, Colin Munro, Chris Martin, Ronnie Hira.
Somerset: Chris Jones, Nick Compton, Lewis Gregory, Peter Trego, James Hildreth, Arul Suppiah, Steve Snell (wk), Max Waller, Alfonso Thomas (c), Roelof van der Merwe, Murali Kartik.