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June 13, 2012
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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