Somerset v Gloucestershire, CB40, Taunton May 8, 2011

Kieswetter continues form with second hundred

Somerset 219 for 2 beat Gloucestershire 213 by eight wickets

Craig Kieswetter hit his second CB40 century of the season as Somerset made it maximum points from their first four games with an eight-wicket win over Gloucestershire at Taunton. The Gladiators were bowled out for 213 after losing the toss, Alex Gidman top-scoring with 66 and Kane Williamson making 47. Lewis Gregory returned a career-best 4 for 27.

Somerset were never tested as Kieswetter and Marcus Trescothick (50) put on 96 for the first wicket in 14 overs. Kieswetter went on to make 108 not out, facing 102 balls and hitting nine fours and four sixes, and has now scored 308 runs in four CB40 innings this season. The hosts reached their target with a massive six overs to spare and look set to be a formidable force, having finished runners-up last year.

Trescothick hit six fours in his 51-ball innings and looked to be finding it almost too easy when he was out lbw, carelessly sweeping a straight ball from Richard Dawson. Peter Trego also gave away his wicket with a loose shot but Nick Compton eased his way to 36 not out in an unbroken stand of 84 with Kieswetter that settled any doubts about the outcome.

Kieswetter was dropped on 39 and 85, but went on to reach his hundred before hitting the winning runs with his fourth six.

Gloucestershire's total had been based on a second-wicket stand of 117 in 24 overs between Alex Gidman and Williamson after Ian Cockbain had fallen lbw to Steve Kirby for 10 with the total on 18. The pair were largely content to push ones and twos while maintaining a scoring rate of five an over. Gidman reached his half-century off 66 balls, with four fours.

Williamson had faced 68 deliveries when caught behind off Adam Dibble. Dawson then crashed three successive boundaries off the young seamer before skying a catch to Kirby at mid-on and departing for 23, made off just nine balls.

Chris Taylor and Ed Young fell for ducks, the latter the victim of a brilliant boundary catch two-handed above his head by Trego to give Dibble a third wicket. Gregory was immensely impressive bowling at the death, cleaning up Will Gidman, Jack Taylor and David Payne with yorkers, while having James Fuller caught behind.

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  • Paul on May 9, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    I was so hoping that Steve Davies would regain his England place, but it seems unlikely at the moment. Davies has to rapidly improve or Keiswetter will definitely take the place on merit.

  • Paul on May 9, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    I think Kieswetter should be in the England T20 and ODI team, whilst Prior should just be there for test matches. Kieswetter should open to counter balance Cook, Bell and Trott. I am a Steve Davies fan, but you can't ignore Kiewswetter's Stats in limited overs.. He has more hundreds to his name than Davies in far fewer games.

  • chris on May 9, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    As we're experimenting with 1 captain per format, how about doing the same with wicket-keepers ?

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2011, 1:15 GMT

    Haha, don't pick him for England - he's in my Telegraph fantasy team and I won't get any points!

  • Mark on May 8, 2011, 22:37 GMT

    So true Finn92, so true. Century v Worcestershire in CC1. 50s v Hampshire and Lancashire in CC1. Apart from today's ton (Somerset's highest individual CB40 score of the season so far), he has 100 v Notts and 95* v Glamorgan in the CB40. And he did manage an ODI century against one of the teams that beat us in the World Cup. Davies has not got a century this season and his best score was achieved, not against the World Champions, but against Scotland (albeit a very fine knock). Davies has played 8 ODIs and 5 T20s (to Kieswetter's 12 and 9), without strikingly better results than Kieswetter. Davies's runs in First Class cricket come against the likes of Gloucestershire, Essex and Derbyshire in CC2, while Kieswetter plays sides such as Durham, Lancashire and Yorshire who have arguably stronger attacks.

  • Tom on May 8, 2011, 21:52 GMT

    I like Prior, and I'm sure he's the best Test keeper-batsman we've got at the moment, but Kieswetter must surely be brought back in to the T20 and ODI side.

  • Finn on May 8, 2011, 21:41 GMT

    He has had his chance, give Davies a try until he fails then give Kieswetter a second run, one thing scoring runs against Gloucestshire and another against the world champs!

  • Mark on May 8, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Kieswetter has runs like a dog has fleas this season! Definitely time to put him back in the T20 and ODI sides. Let Matt Prior concentrate on scoring a pile of runs in Tests: England will be stronger for his runs and the balance that he adds to the side.

  • Mark on May 8, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    Gregory looked really good today! Cracking win for the cidermen!

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