Somerset v Warriors, CLT20 2011, Bangalore October 5, 2011

Somerset secure semi-final berth


Somerset 146 for 4 (Kieswetter 56*, Botha 1-20) beat Warriors 134 for 8 (JJ Smuts 38, Thomas 2-16) by 12 runs
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Somerset's captain Alfonso Thomas bowled two strangling spells to ensure his side beat Warriors and qualified for the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20. Warriors' loss meant their net run-rate fell below that of Royal Challengers Bangalore and they became the second South African team, after Cape Cobras, to bow out of the tournament in two days.

Ironically, it was the performance of three South Africa-born players that contributed most to Somerset's victory. Thomas' 2 for 16, Craig Kieswetter's unbeaten 56 and Roelof van der Merwe's all-round effort closed the door on Warriors.

With the ball turning, and not coming on to the bat, Warriors had to be careful not to fall too far behind the required run-rate. They slipped in the middle stages but it was only in the 19th over - with 23 runs needed off 12 balls - that the match went beyond their grasp. Thomas bowled slower balls throughout, and when he removed big-hitting Craig Thyssen and Wayne Parnell in the same over, the task became too great for Warriors.

They had started positively, as Ashwell Prince and JJ Smuts scored 24 runs in the first three overs. Prince was the first batsman undone by the lack of pace but Smuts formed a solid partnership with Ingram. They battled through a lean patch but struggled to find the boundary, especially against Thomas and young Adam Dibble, who bowled a tight second spell after conceding 13 runs in his first over.

After steering Warriors to 79 in the 12th over, however, both Ingram and Smuts were dismissed in the space of five balls and the new Warriors batsmen could not keep up. Johan Botha, batting at No. 5, tried to take Steve Kirby on but sliced a slow and wide ball high to Arul Suppiah in the deep, who put it down. Three balls later, Botha did the same thing and was caught at long-off.

Nicky Boje and Thyssen were left to score 46 runs from 27 balls. Both tried a few shots but with Somerset's bowlers not giving much away, they were unable to set-up the win. The margin of defeat was a sizeable 12 runs in the end.

Warriors had started the game brightly, with the wicket of Peter Trego, who was caught behind in the first over after Lonwabo Tsotsobe created pressure with his short of a length deliveries. That good work was completely undone by Wayne Parnell in the second over. Parnell bowled a poor line, conceded 13 runs, and did not bowl for the rest of the innings.

Kieswetter took advantage of Parnell's wayward leg-side line but it was van der Merwe who sunk his teeth into his countrymen, taking 16 runs off Tsotsobe's second over. Somerset's acceleration prompted Botha to change the pace and he introduced left-arm spinner Smuts, who bowled too short in his first over. van der Merwe caned Smuts for two more fours but succumbed to his attacking instinct, top-edging a slog sweep to midwicket to fall for 32 off 16 balls. Botha and Boje took control between overs seven and ten, giving away 18 runs and only one boundary, as they tied Kieswetter and James Hildreth down.

Rusty Theron started his spell with a wide ball that was hit through point for four but recovered well, with fuller and slower deliveries that could not be punished. Botha also juggled his spinners to good effect but four shots spoiled his effort: Kieswetter's pull over midwicket off Botha, Jos Buttler's two sixes off Boje - the second of which was the second biggest of the tournament - and Buttler's straight smack over the sightscreen off Smuts.

Tsotsobe and Theron had to bowl at the death and used variations such as cutters and slower balls. Most of their deliveries were on target but Kieswetter punished anything that wasn't. He hit boundaries in three of the last four overs, and was the reason Somerset were able to score 36 runs off them.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • John on October 7, 2011, 21:36 GMT

    YEVGHENNY - I kind of have mixed feelings as a biases SS fan. While it's good to see Buttler get his call it's also good for Somerset to have him all to themselves. I have mixed feelings when I see Thomas playing for his IPL side. Half of me wants him to do well whereas half of me wants him/them to fail so that he comes home earlier when IPL overlaps the domestic game. I think it was no coincidence that Somerset started the season slowly when Thomas was injured and went off the boil towards the end when Tres was injured. I think Trego should have got a chance (Eng) last season in either T20 or an ODI but again it is good to have Trego playing for SS. As for Buttler , I've been thinking more about it and as he is already in India it would not surprise me if he is added to the ODI squad.

  • G on October 6, 2011, 21:00 GMT

    yeah I didn't mean at the time. I meant seeing something in Wright and putting him straight in, maybe that's influenced the way they bring more youngsters in, they're worried it'll be too soon for Buttler cos it didn't quite work out with Wright. Anyway, Buttler's proven himself in loads of tough situations for Somerset, I'd love to see him up near the top of the order. Probably just getting a bit giddy really, but that's only cos we know that Buttler's the real deal!

  • John on October 6, 2011, 16:06 GMT

    YEVGHENNY - Re Wright being in ahead of Buttler- well Wright was kind of before Buttler's time in the England set up , but I will compare the Wright scenario at England with Suppiah at Somerset whereby he batted at 7 but wasn't trusted to bowl - same as Suppiah recently. IMO a no7 should either bowl some overs or keep wicket - you might as well have an extra bowler. Obviously there are exceptional circumstances where you might elevate a bowler above a batsmen - if you need quicker runs etc.Re Buttler/England . I think he came in as low down as 7 - which is a waste. Also he only got a bat in one match and was run out. I honestly believe England have got the balance wrong with too many accumulators and not enough damaging hitters. IMO Buttler should be a floater in ODIs and if we lose quick wickets stay down the order , but if we lose our 2nd or 3rd witket after 30 overs bring him up the order.As a bowler in ODI/t20 I'd much ratherbowl to Cook,Bell,Trott,Bopara than Morgan,KP,Buttler etc

  • G on October 6, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    @ ian_ghose, that wasn't actually a reply to you, it was to the commentary at the time on the live updates!

    @JG2704 - it makes you wonder how Luke Wright was a mainstay in the side, and Jos Buttler is limited to the t20 side. Was gutted when he was run out against the windies, I really believed he was gonna carry England home

  • Bob on October 6, 2011, 10:36 GMT

    @jmcilhinney... It would appear at face value that there's a lot of modification needed to the methods of calculating DL and NRR in T20 cricket. It may well be OK for the longer ODI's, but experience, not only in this tournament, but over the last couple of years in the UK's T20 competition, seems to indicate that it's totally inadequate for T20.

  • John on October 6, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    RAHULCRICKET007 - Jos Buttler IMO - criminally - was ignored for the ODI squad for India. I mentioned this on the thread re the selection of the ODI squad which basically became a load of Indians England for picking SA born players etc and some of us defending the selections. Anyway , as JIMMCILHINNEY says , Jos started rustily but showed improvement and it was certainly better than his 1st match effort. Re Craig , it's difficult to know whether it was a mature inns or a too slow inns.I guess if SS had lost it would have seemed the latter. It was like Trego's inns vs KKR. I do worry though about who is there to press the foot on the accelerator these days if RVDM or JB go cheaply

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2011, 9:47 GMT

    @jmcilhinney hey buddy...i mean ur calculations are correct...but what i am thinking is..during the match between warriors and knight riders...all he calculations are made only for 9 overs for both team ..means warriors's NRR was calulated according to only first 9 overs of batting of their innings...and 9 overs of bowling they did on that evening..hope i m right..thanku...:))

  • John on October 6, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    This will be my last comment regarding NRR. I now see that 61 was the par score after 9 overs in Warriors D/L loss to KKR so it's those numbers that are used in their NRR, rather than the 155 off 20. That still feels rather harsh though. Based on that, I was able to calculate that if Warriors had managed to get to 140 in their last game against Somerset then their NRR would have been higher than RCB's and they would still have made the semis.

  • Prajith on October 6, 2011, 6:03 GMT

    @jmcilhinney...I think only 9 overs according to DL are accounted to both teams in the Warriors vs KKR washout

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    great result for somerset...they really have shown that its the team work that matters the most...disappointing end for warriors after starting the tournament on such a high note and looking the best team on the paper..their tale has ended in a usual southafrican way..i put my money on nsw to win..

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