Northants v Somerset, Flt20 Mids/West, Northampton June 26, 2012

Kieswetter condemns sorry Northants

Somerset 116 for 3 (Kieswetter 51, de Lange 3-22) beat Northamptonshire 115 for 6 (Suppiah 2-10, Kirby 2-14) by seven wickets

Craig Kieswetter's explosive half-century helped unbeaten Somerset to an easy seven-wicket win over a desperate Northamptonshire side in the Friends Life t20 at Wantage Road.

After being made to bat, the winless Steelbacks made a feeble 115 for 6 - at one point going 62 balls without hitting a boundary - with Steve Kirby, George Dockrell and Arul Suppiah taking two wickets each.

Somerset reached their target with 38 deliveries to spare as England's limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman, Kieswetter, smashed 51 off 35 balls and South Africa international Richard Levi hammered 35 off just 18 deliveries.

Somerset did not have to wait long for a breakthrough after taking to the field when Kirby bowled Kyle Coetzer for nine in the second over. Chaminda Vaas then departed for the same score when he gifted Kirby his second wicket by launching him high into the air and Nick Compton waited underneath it at point to take the catch.

The in-form Cameron White fell on 14 when he smashed Ireland spinner Dockrell to Jos Buttler at deep extra cover. Rob White then threw his wicket away by chipping Dockrell straight to Somerset captain Alfonso Thomas at short extra cover.

Steelbacks captain Alex Wakely eventually perished after crawling to 34 off 43 balls when he was stumped by Kieswetter off Suppiah. Kieswetter then repeated the trick two Suppiah deliveries later to dismiss David Willey as it took the hosts until the penultimate over to reach 100.

Chasing a meagre 116, Somerset got off to a terrific start as Levi bludgeoned four huge sixes during the Powerplay, with the visitors halfway towards their target by the end of it.

Levi had departed by then, however, when he smashed fellow South African Con de Lange to Coetzer at deep midwicket to end an opening partnership with Kieswetter of 61. Kieswetter hung around to go past 50 off just 33 balls with a four through extra cover off Oliver Stone but he walked when he was bowled by de Lange in the 11th over.

De Lange, who finished with figures of 3 for 22 then trapped Peter Trego lbw for 8 before the match came to a underwhelming end with the winning run coming from a James Middlebrook wide.

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  • John on June 28, 2012, 8:59 GMT

    @Siraj Durrani on (June 28 2012, 01:44 AM GMT) Yeah I know he was at the tri nations thing but Levi was also there and did play this game. I hope he didn't pick up a niggle although I'm not all that convinced by him anyway

  • Dummy4 on June 28, 2012, 1:44 GMT

    AM didn't play cause he just got back from Zimbabwe, or where ever the tri series was being held!!

  • John on June 27, 2012, 19:02 GMT

    good to see the Sabres continue their momentum. I thought MOM should have been Kirby or Suppiah as they were the main reason why Somerset had such a modest total to chase. It seems that Kirby has become a water tight nowler recently whereas Alf has started leaking runs. Also does anyone know what has happened to Trego's batting. He used to be ferocious but these days struggles to do a run a ball? Finally anyone know why Morkel wasn't playing?

  • John on June 27, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Pleased again with the win but I'd like to have seen one of our bowlers get M/O/M as guys like Kirby and Suppiah made the target so much easier. Also it seems strange that Kirby has become so tight while Alf seems to have become a bit expensive. Also what has happened to Trego? He used to be an extremely dangerous batsman but these days he seems to struggle to bat at better than a run a ball? Finally anyone know if Morkel was injured or just rested.

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