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

Somerset secure semi-final berth

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Somerset 146 for 4 (Kieswetter 56*, Botha 1-20) beat Warriors 134 for 8 (JJ Smuts 38, Thomas 2-16) by 12 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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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  • JG2704 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.

  • Yevghenny 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!

  • JG2704 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

  • Yevghenny 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

  • bobmartin 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.

  • JG2704 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

  • 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...:))

  • jmcilhinney 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.

  • PrajithR 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

  • 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..

  • JG2704 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.

  • Yevghenny 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!

  • JG2704 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

  • Yevghenny 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

  • bobmartin 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.

  • JG2704 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

  • 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...:))

  • jmcilhinney 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.

  • PrajithR 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

  • 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..

  • jmcilhinney on October 6, 2011, 4:23 GMT

    OK, I just saw the full table that includes for and against and it says that Warriors scored 539 off 69 at 7.8115 so it obviously does have something to do with that match decide by D/L. I still don't know how the actual numbers were calculated but that seems quite dodgy to me. I think that Warriors can consider themselves very unlucky based on that and I think that it's something that the organisers should look at for future tournaments.

  • jmcilhinney on October 6, 2011, 3:29 GMT

    Can anyone explain to me how the NRR calculations work? By my reckoning, RCB scored 762 runs off 80 overs at 9.525 while their opponents scored 713 off 77.3 at 9.2, which gives a NRR of +0.325, which agrees with the official table. Also by my reckoning, Warriors scored 633 off 80 at 7.9125 while their opponents scored 522 off 69 at 7.5652, which gives a NRR of +0.347, which is significantly more than the official table and puts them in second place in their group, ahead of RCB. I used the numbers from the official results table and I ran the numbers twice, so either I'm missing something or the official table is wrong. Is it something to do with the game Warriors lost to KKR on D/L?

  • rahulcricket007 on October 6, 2011, 3:26 GMT

    I THINK KIESWITTER AND BUTLER HAS DINE GOOD PRACTICE FOR THE UPCOMING ODI SERIES AGAINST INDIA BY PLAYING WELL IN CLT20 . NOW THEY WILL BE FULL CONFIDENT IN ODIS

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 6, 2011, 2:52 GMT

    I really don't think SA will ever ever win a World-cup.........seeing their performances in WC since 96 and even now in Champions league.........i really don't think they will ever do........

  • jmcilhinney on October 6, 2011, 2:05 GMT

    I really thought that Kieswetter had played too conservatively but, while he could have been a bit more aggressive, I guess he made sure that Somerset didn't collapse the way that the Warriors did when they lost two established batsmen and then couldn't get going again. Good to see Buttler playing a nice iinnings for both Somerset's sake and England's. He seemed a bit shaky to start with and I was afraid he was going to repeat his last innings but he ended up with a good strike rate without seeming to put in too much effort. I was thinking about switching off when Warriors were apparently cruising (it was after midnight in Aust) but I'm glad I persevered and saw the game through. Great bowling effort, particularly from Thomas. I don't know what the sums were but I wonder whether Warriors could still have snuck into the semis if they had lost by a smaller margin, giving RCB's close game.

  • on October 6, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    Somerset are flying the County Flag high, and it was a fantastic performance. The Semi-Final contest against Mumbai will prove to be a very tough challenge for them, but Roelof van der Merwe so far has been a revelation in the competition with both bat and ball.

    I'm a proud Kent supporter, but trust me, every Cricket fan in England is backing Somerset to do us proud, and they've certainly done that. They're definite outsiders and definite underdogs, but they have every chance of going all the way. Two more wins is all they need, and they're certainly capable of doing it.

  • nickydude on October 5, 2011, 21:07 GMT

    Sorry to say, another South African & chokers tag? Anything to counter debate?

  • landl47 on October 5, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    Two Australians, two Sri Lankans, a South African, a West Indian and a New Zealander- must be an English team right? Why no, it's the Mumbai Indians! The only team in the contest to get a special exemption to allow them to play more than 4 overseas players. The hypocrisy of some 'fans' about overseas players is amazing. So when Somerset play Mumbai in the semi-finals, one team will have more than the official maximum number of overseas players and it won't be Somerset. Well done to the Somerset lads and in particular Kieswetter and Buttler- great to see two players who play for ENGLAND showing that they can handle the conditions in the sub-continent. Here's hoping they go all the way, although against an Indian team packed with so much overseas talent it won't be easy.

  • JG2704 on October 5, 2011, 20:48 GMT

    JOSHUA/BOB - Agree with your comments. At the start of the tournament if all the overseas players were up for auction including our 2 , the 2 players leftover would more than likely be our 2. Also I'm not sure whether Thomas had the option of playing for an Indian side. If he did , fair play to him for choosing Somerset. I don't feel Somerset will go any further but hope I am proven wrong. Whatever , they have done extremely well - firstly to qualify for the group stages without Tres,Buttler and CK and to get to the semis without Tres- and for the first match also without Jos and Craig.

  • on October 5, 2011, 19:52 GMT

    Loving the comments about Somerset's overseas players when the tournament iself represents teams with players from varying parts of the cricketing world. You biased people obviously don't notice the plethora of overseas players in the IPL teams? Dilshan, Kallis, Vettori, AB de Villiers, Brett Lee, to name just a few. I hate the hypocrisy by the people who comment on this site. Somerset are by far the weakest team on paper but they are proving that you don't need big names to win matches. The Warriors team is made up of people from past and present who have played for South Africa for goodness sake. Well done Somerset, you have good chemistry.

  • bobmartin on October 5, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta... Do I detect a whiff of sour grapes there... And why should Somerset be any different to any of the IPL teams in this competition who consist of highly paid internationals from countries other than India. Some of the Somerset team may well originate from other countries, but I bet they aren't paid anywhere near the big bucks that the IPL teams pay their foreign players.

  • on October 5, 2011, 18:42 GMT

    somerset was fantastic, and will go on to win the CLT20 tournament this year !

  • on October 5, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    People laughed when I suggested Somerset had an outside chance of winning the CL....I now consider them one of the favorites!! Go on have a laugh now!...Good on u Somerset-from a Gloucestershire fan ;)

  • mahjut on October 5, 2011, 18:08 GMT

    ian_ghose I kinda don't mind the 'choke' coming from an Englishman - there's irony. however, on your 'go all the way' i think you'll find Warriors did that at the first time of asking (unless i'm mistaken - i'm not an avid T20 or SA supporter) in last year's CLT20 where they did simply lose to a better team. This year they've lost their star openner and talisman captain Davey to a team i don't even think feilded him :( .. again - i'm here to be corrected on that but i'm pretty sure an ipl team took him and i know he did well last CLT20...they won more crunch games in that tourny than every team bar one.

  • yorkshirematt on October 5, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    Is another final defeat on the cards? ;) Seriously, hope they win it. Went in very much as underdogs but flown the flag well for county cricket. All the best Cider Boys

  • hhillbumper on October 5, 2011, 18:01 GMT

    Wow Somerset are through to the semis. Shame Tres won't be out there as he is their best player by far.By The way for all the comments on here.Somerset have produced Butler and Gregory.One has played for England and one will. There is a lot of young English talent around and because of EU law there were a lot of kolpak players in county cricket.Howver the Ecb took a decision to reward teams with young English talent and the crop that is coming through is very high class.

  • JG2704 on October 5, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    DH74 - I agree with you re Suppiah. I know he had that one over battering vs KKR , but during the domestic season he seemed to be a very solid performer with ball in hand. It seems that either Thomas has lost his faith in him or he has lost faith in himself. Maybe they think that Suppiah is a decent guy to have as an extra spinning option if they misjudge the spin conditions. But I do know what you're saying . At present it seems like he is an all rounder who bats too far down the order and isn't trusted with ball in hand - almost like Wright was for England. Not sure aht other batting options they have but obviously they have some bowling options.

  • JG2704 on October 5, 2011, 17:39 GMT

    I guess alot of us - myself included when SS lost in 5 domestic final plus a last day championship finish meant runners up rather than winners in 2010 - will call our own teams chokers rather than give the other team credit. It's often a combo of both. As for the game , I was really puzzled by SS's pick of Dibble ahead of Gregory and after his first couple of deliveries was thinking this even more. However he showed great character to come back and bowl a decent spell in the end. Sometimes I wonder if RVDM is abit too kamikaze with the bat , but he is great to watch and I suppose if he gets 30 quick runs it puts less pressure on the incoming batsmen to score fast. I do like the guy and the fearless attitude he brings. Hopefully Jos is also starting to find his form. I see that Somerset now win the group but bizzarrely , because of RCB and Gayle with a minus runrate. Also there is a little subplot with a match vs MI and therefore Mr Pollard. Also qualified without Tres. Great stuff

  • on October 5, 2011, 17:24 GMT

    well done Somerset, after losing finals at home, and the many games rained off, as a subscriber and member, you deserve this, hopefuly go one better to the final, who knows what might happen, best of all your in the money, to make up what you lost at the gate in Taunton, good luck. fred & will woth

  • ncurd on October 5, 2011, 17:22 GMT

    Hmmm yes the overseas player thing...well Somerset technically only have two. Malaysia and Ireland (Suppiah and Dockrell) don't count due to not having a First Class system I believe this counts for any team right? Thomas isn't 'overseas' due to English residency for over 4 years. Leaving RVDM and Kartik as their overseas players the rest are offically English players. I'll admit the Thomas thing is dodgy but that's due to EU employment law.

  • on October 5, 2011, 16:10 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta would you like half or full pint of bitter ?

    It''s ok for the rest of the teams to have 5 overseas players but not Somerset.

    Little old Somerset, one of the top 4 T20 teams in the world. You can throw anything you like back at me.. I don't' care after that performance.

  • Guernica on October 5, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Well done Somerset - thought they had blown it after Monday and again after bating today. Mad Steve Kirby deserves a mention too - he has been excellent in the last two games. And fine effort from Dibble in his first ever T20 game. I do wonder what the value of Suppiah is in the team now. He hasn't been trusted to bowl since that horror over in the first match and he's not really a player you want coming in down the order.

  • Hout on October 5, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Yes, a tremendous performance by the Cidermen - the best one day side in England are now proving to be as good as the best Australia, RSA and India can muster.RVDM has been a more than adequate replacement for Pollard and seems to thrive in the company of the lads from Taunton. An inspired (re)signing. I'm sure they can go all the way. The win has even been reported on Sky News - their first mention of the tournament I think.

  • Munkeymomo on October 5, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Exactly Yevghenny, besides, Kieswetter, Alfonso and van der Merwe didn't choke. This is great to see, after a below-par performance last time Somerset entered the champions league it's great to see them performing against some of the biggest sides in club cricket. They lack the star names of some of the other sides but have made the semis. Proud.

  • ian_ghose on October 5, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    In a way, it's perhaps good that no South African team got through to the Semi's , simply because of their tremendous propensity to lose crunch elimination games handing their opponents an unfair psychological advantage. But then it would have been even better to actually see one of them go all the way and somehow get rid of that albatross around their necks. @Yevghennny, mate I was just joking, Somerset did indeed play well. Thomas' 'devil's over' was brilliant, although almost perversely two of the three most influencial Somerset players in the game are actually South African (not counting Kieswetter because he isn't).

  • on October 5, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Typical South Africanssss. Choked again. Both Cobras and Warriors. Taking nothing away from somerset, warriors play very poorly.

  • bnghosh50 on October 5, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    congratulations somerset........a great win and nice way to go to the semifinal......i am always a big supporter of somerset...............good luck in the next stage of the champions leauge t20...................

  • on October 5, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Congratulations: Johamnnesberg, Transwaal. CapeTown, Durban, Malaysia, Chennai AND five fine Englishmen. Somerset typifies the national team, and on a larger scale, the multi-cultural societyon England! Salute the success of multi-culturalism. Soon, we may not need international matches.May be, Club Cricket will rule. If one pushes the market mechanism further, even the national cricket boards can become redundant. Along with that the widespread politicization of the broads too. Good trend!! Isn't it?

  • ncurd on October 5, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Agreed about this being all about a SA team 'choking' is nonsense. Somerset have been to the last three domestic T20 finals why shouldn't they be a legitimate contender? Watched them plenty of time stifle the runs in the middle over and then brining on the likes of Thomas for their death bowling when the run rate has reached 9 or higher.

  • Yevghenny on October 5, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Pretty tired of hearing this "choke" describing anything to do with South Africa and defeat - why not say fair play to a great performance by Somerset. To get to the semi finals when they are missing Tres, and had Buttler and Kieswetter unavailable for most of the tournament is a great achievement. Doing English county cricket proud! Oh and Van Der Merwe, a huge shout to him, he's been a revelation at 3

  • ian_ghose on October 5, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    What do South Africans love in their salads and soups? The Arti-CHOKE...lol!

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  • ian_ghose on October 5, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    What do South Africans love in their salads and soups? The Arti-CHOKE...lol!

  • Yevghenny on October 5, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Pretty tired of hearing this "choke" describing anything to do with South Africa and defeat - why not say fair play to a great performance by Somerset. To get to the semi finals when they are missing Tres, and had Buttler and Kieswetter unavailable for most of the tournament is a great achievement. Doing English county cricket proud! Oh and Van Der Merwe, a huge shout to him, he's been a revelation at 3

  • ncurd on October 5, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Agreed about this being all about a SA team 'choking' is nonsense. Somerset have been to the last three domestic T20 finals why shouldn't they be a legitimate contender? Watched them plenty of time stifle the runs in the middle over and then brining on the likes of Thomas for their death bowling when the run rate has reached 9 or higher.

  • on October 5, 2011, 14:19 GMT

    Congratulations: Johamnnesberg, Transwaal. CapeTown, Durban, Malaysia, Chennai AND five fine Englishmen. Somerset typifies the national team, and on a larger scale, the multi-cultural societyon England! Salute the success of multi-culturalism. Soon, we may not need international matches.May be, Club Cricket will rule. If one pushes the market mechanism further, even the national cricket boards can become redundant. Along with that the widespread politicization of the broads too. Good trend!! Isn't it?

  • bnghosh50 on October 5, 2011, 14:20 GMT

    congratulations somerset........a great win and nice way to go to the semifinal......i am always a big supporter of somerset...............good luck in the next stage of the champions leauge t20...................

  • on October 5, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    Typical South Africanssss. Choked again. Both Cobras and Warriors. Taking nothing away from somerset, warriors play very poorly.

  • ian_ghose on October 5, 2011, 15:19 GMT

    In a way, it's perhaps good that no South African team got through to the Semi's , simply because of their tremendous propensity to lose crunch elimination games handing their opponents an unfair psychological advantage. But then it would have been even better to actually see one of them go all the way and somehow get rid of that albatross around their necks. @Yevghennny, mate I was just joking, Somerset did indeed play well. Thomas' 'devil's over' was brilliant, although almost perversely two of the three most influencial Somerset players in the game are actually South African (not counting Kieswetter because he isn't).

  • Munkeymomo on October 5, 2011, 15:20 GMT

    Exactly Yevghenny, besides, Kieswetter, Alfonso and van der Merwe didn't choke. This is great to see, after a below-par performance last time Somerset entered the champions league it's great to see them performing against some of the biggest sides in club cricket. They lack the star names of some of the other sides but have made the semis. Proud.

  • Hout on October 5, 2011, 15:28 GMT

    Yes, a tremendous performance by the Cidermen - the best one day side in England are now proving to be as good as the best Australia, RSA and India can muster.RVDM has been a more than adequate replacement for Pollard and seems to thrive in the company of the lads from Taunton. An inspired (re)signing. I'm sure they can go all the way. The win has even been reported on Sky News - their first mention of the tournament I think.

  • Guernica on October 5, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Well done Somerset - thought they had blown it after Monday and again after bating today. Mad Steve Kirby deserves a mention too - he has been excellent in the last two games. And fine effort from Dibble in his first ever T20 game. I do wonder what the value of Suppiah is in the team now. He hasn't been trusted to bowl since that horror over in the first match and he's not really a player you want coming in down the order.