Somerset v Warwickshire, FLt20 Mid/West/Wales, Taunton June 13, 2012

Levi and Waller take the honours


Somerset 191 for 6 (Levi 69) beat Warwickshire 128 (Waller 4-19) by 63 runs

A bludgeoned half-century from new boy Richard Levi and career-best bowling figures from leg-spinner Max Waller saw Somerset to a 63-run Friends Life t20 victory over Warwickshire at Taunton.

Levi hit 69 off just 34 deliveries, while Waller's four wickets cost just 16 runs as last season's beaten finalists started this season's competition with a win.

Somerset, put into bat in front of a crowd of more than 5,000 were given a good start by Craig Kieswetter, who hit a swift 20 - including two sixes - before he was caught at short fine leg by Chris Wright off Chris Woakes.

The same bowler struck again in the fifth over when Peter Trego pulled a short delivery to Darren Maddy at deep midwicket. Jos Buttler brought the 50 up with an inside edge to the fine leg boundary off Woakes' final over.

Offspinner Jeetan Patel was brought into the attack for the 10th over and with his second delivery tempted Buttler on 16 to give a catch to Woakes at deep backward point. At the halfway point the hosts were 80 for 3, with Levi on 34.

However, in the next over the opener heaved a full toss from Steffan Piolet over midwicket for six - and he repeated the feat off the last ball. In the next over Levi reached his half-century with a boundary to square leg off Patel, which also brought up the Somerset 100.

New batsman Albie Morkel hit his first six two balls later when he drove Patel over long-on - and the South African pair took 19 off the 13th over, bowled by Keith Barker. Maddy came on for the 15th and Levi despatched the first ball over long on for six, however four deliveries later Levi's eye-catching knock was over when he was caught at deep long-on by Woakes.

Levi contributes six fours and four sixes and his fourth-wicket partnership with Morkel produced 67 runs from 33 balls. Morkel was run out for 38 off the third ball of the penultimate over by a direct throw from Patel - and three balls later Nick Compton was superbly caught by Chris Wright running back from short fine-leg to collect a top-edged scoop.

Chasing a victory target of 192, Laurie Evans and Varun Chopra had taken the total onto 40 in the sixth over when Thomas bowled Evans for 17. Trego accepted a sharp chance to catch William Porterfield at extra cover off Waller, who struck with his next delivery when Maddy was leg before wicket.

Chopra went down the wicket to George Dockrell in the next over and was smartly stumped by Kieswetter for 37, before Waller picked up his third wicket when he bowled Rikki Clarke for six with the total on 72.

Steve Kirby returned at the Old Pavilion and with the last ball of the 12th over bowled Barker for 3. Waller struck again with the third ball of his final over when Woakes was caught at short midwicket by Thomas, leaving the Bears teetering on 80 for 7.

Thomas returned at the River End for the 18th over and immediately claimed his third scalp when Johnson was caught at short midwicket by Trego, then three balls later Patel followed when he was caught by Waller at short cover. Fittingly, Levi ended the Bears innings on 128 when he caught Wright at long-on.

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  • John on June 14, 2012, 15:31 GMT

    @Juiceoftheapple/ Munkeymomo - away fromthe political side , did either of you go and/or are either of you going to Gloucs this evening? Not sure what the weather is like there. We have to be honest Warwicks aren't showing any ambition with overseas signings etc. I'm guessing KOB will be gone by the time (if) MT returns , but imagine a batting line up of Tres/Levi/CK/Trego/Jos/Morkel/KOB ? I do however fear that Levi will be found out by decent bowlers who realise how much of a leg side player he is

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2012, 13:51 GMT

    Somerset is An Extremely Good T20 Side Like Chennai Super Kings Of IPL Or Trinidad & Tobago Of West Indies . There Is No Need to Emphasize on The No. Of Foreign Players Because It Is Allowed by The Rule-Book of County Cricket .

  • Nicholas on June 14, 2012, 13:39 GMT


    I'm not even certain how we were playing 5 SA's ah wait forgot they were including Kieswetter. Thomas get's in by Kolpak which is essentially working in UK for 4 or more years....I think that make him eligible for England technically? That would be taking the biscuit though.

    It should also be noted Merchede despite being SA born is an academy player too. They were also the team to take on develop Dockrell and Kieswetter who while impressed at young ages were far from the finished article. They still aren't...

    But yeah as rightly pointed Somerset develop their squad through the Championship (where they aren't a bad side) and the CB40 (consecutive Finals) . However they choose to pump the money into the T20 for the potential financial gain. Different approach to Wars as they noted last night who use the T20 to blood new players.

    However any argument suggesting they aren't developing players is wrong. Buttler is one of the most exciting batsmen out there.

  • Simon on June 14, 2012, 12:39 GMT

    Its funny, on a page on this site Murali says how T20 in England needs to go all franchise to get the crowds in, then Somerset do all they can entirely within the rules to make T20 big and succesful, and play 2 overseas stars, 2 irishman, and have 2 players who have British family and are eligible to play in England (unless you're also saying Denis Compton's grandson is South African (he was born in Zimbabwe)), plus a few Somerset born players and we are slagged off. If you knew anything about Somerset you'd know how we are trying to develop local players in other competitions; this was a recent CB40 lineup - Compton, Kieswetter, Trego (academy), Hildreth (academy), Buttler (academy), Barrow (academy), Overton (academy), Gregory (academy), Waller (academy), Dockrell and Hussain. Somerset don't make the rules, they play by them. 2 different competitions, 2 different approaches, goals and strategies. If you want to go and watch cricket in empty stands go find another county.

  • Mark on June 14, 2012, 10:07 GMT

    Good start to the tourny, let's just hope that the big game tonight goes our way too! Glos at Bristol and it is time to smash Murali out of the park.

  • dan on June 14, 2012, 9:28 GMT

    Could this be the first time an English county has fielded only 4 English born players in their side? 5 South Africans and 2 Irishmen to make up the bulk of the team. I know Northants a couple of seasons ago had a fist full of South Africans and last year Hampshire had enough foreign players in there squad to field an entire side. Shame of Somerset for forgetting their roots.

  • John on June 14, 2012, 7:38 GMT

    As a Somerset fan I'm very pleased/relieved to get off to a winning start. With the likelihood of games being abandoned with the rubbish weather we're having it is important to win the games which go ahead.As for the performance - obviously Levi did well although I think he maybe one dimensional and better bowling will find him out. Buttler looked very scratchy , CK seems to be either boundaries or nothing and I feel the should have moved KOB ahead of Nick when they only had 5 overs left and they lost some momentum then. Particularly pleased with the bowling esp Waller. With their array of non Eng born players it's good to see a local lad come through although I guess both bowling and battingwise Warwicks were not great at all

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2012, 7:15 GMT

    Stop bowling to Levi's legs. He is quite strong there. or even on the stumps. he's going to dragg you to the legside.

  • Dummy4 on June 14, 2012, 5:43 GMT

    There was some very ordinary bowling to Levi ...

  • vishal on June 13, 2012, 22:29 GMT

    This is good start for Somerset and Levi helped them to get that momentum early in the tournament.....

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