Worcestershire v Somerset, FLt20, Mid/West/Wales, New Road July 27, 2013

Russell puts spanner in Somerset's works

Worcestershire 191 for 5 (Russell 77*) beat Somerset 188 for 4 (Kieswetter 80, Trego 62) by five wickets

A whirlwind half-century by West Indian Andre Russell delayed Somerset's march towards the Friends Life t20 quarter-finals as Worcestershire registered a surprise five-wicket win at New Road.

Worcestershire ended a run of three defeats and climbed off the bottom of the Midlands/Wales/West group by overhauling Somerset's formidable total of 188 for 4 with two balls to spare.

Russell led the charge to victory with six sixes in an unbeaten 77 from 42 balls - his highest score on a T20 contract for the county - and Ross Whiteley, newly signed from Derbyshire, was the perfect foil with 43 on his debut.

The tall left hander cleared the rope twice in stand of 88 in nine overs before a top edge off Yasir Arafat was well taken by Chris Jones at deep midwicket.

The momentum was then so much with Worcestershire that two fours by Russell in the last over from Craig Meschede completed a double over Somerset in the group.

Worcestershire lost early wickets but with rain threatening they made brisk progress through Alexei Kervezee, with 32 on stepping up to open, and Daryl Mitchell with 23 until he was leg-before to George Dockrell's first ball.

Somerset had made a bad start when Jones popped up a return chance to Jack Shantry but Worcestershire subsequently conceded eight sixes and 14 fours on a good batting surface.

Peter Trego led the way with 62 from only 31 balls and Craig Kieswetter was close to batting through the innings, cruising to 80 from 56 deliveries, before he was caught at wide long on in the 19th over. The pressure exerted by two batsmen targeting the shorter boundaries led to a number of fielding errors as Somerset romped to 61 in the six-over power play.

Trego was the chief enforcer, bludgeoning three sixes and eight fours until Worcestershire captain Mitchell appeared as the sixth bowler and beat the allrounder's attempt to drive his fourth delivery.

Jos Buttler briefly showed his flair for the shorter format until he was also bowled, making a complete mess of the scoop shot, but Kieswetter continued on his trouble-free course. Selective hitting brought four sixes and five fours before falling to Shantry with a neat catch by Whiteley.

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  • Dummy4 on July 28, 2013, 18:31 GMT

    Wawickshire v somerset on tuesday night on SKY LIVE.....huge game for both teams. It s a knockout game, winner takes allgame... Whoever holds the nerves will win the game.

  • John on July 28, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    @landl47 - ctd - Craig has always been Somerset's WK and has by and large done an excellent job for Somerset and I believe he is the more reliable CC batsman. If he's comfortable with Jos keeping wkt in shorter fmts then so be it. If not then Somerset need to do what's best for them and although I love Jos being a Somerset player if there's a choice I'd keep Craig as Somerset will likely be dictated to by Eng re Jos and I also think Jos is more likely to interest IPL. Craig will be there for the whole season

  • John on July 28, 2013, 9:37 GMT

    @landl47 - I don't hate it - I just disagree with it. It's a shot which he has developed and mastered over the years and for Somerset it has helped him win/change games more often than not. For England I feel Jos has often been guilty of playing like a headless chicken and tried to do too much too soon - It just didn't come off yesterday. Even the very best players get out to shots which they usually excel with. But yesterday I felt he played himself in and looked controlled at the crease and didn't go too soon. It's a shot which so often comes off for him so why change it? If you take these shots away from his arsenal then he becomes alot easier to bowl to and set a field to. And re your arguments about his shots not being fundamentally good enough in the FC game - I've never said Jos is a decent 1st class batsman , I've said he's a decent shorter formats player and I stand by that.

  • John on July 27, 2013, 22:45 GMT

    @JG2704: I know you're going to hate this, but think Buttler is being overrated in exactly the same way as Dernbach was overrated, because he's got a bag of tricks. When he comes off he looks very good, but when, as today, he is bowled offstump while falling over backwards on the offside, he looks foolish. His fundamental strokeplay just isn't good enough. He has decent short-format averages only because he bats later in the order and 1/3rd of his innings are not out. In FC cricket, where strong fundamentals are necessary, his average is a less-than-stellar 32.

    His batting performance in the Champions Trophy was dismal; I'm sure he can be better than that, but he needs to forget the trick shots and start playing fundamentally sound cricket. Otherwise, he'll never be a good international cricketer. Incidentally, I thought his wicket-keeping in the CT was excellent and I have no idea why Somerset prefers Kieswetter as a keeper.

  • John on July 27, 2013, 21:05 GMT

    Now nitpicking. Somerset did plenty right and I really like Fonz sending Jos and Mechede up the order which was exactly what I suggested.Trego batted superbly and had he stayed in for just a few more overs I think he'd have taken the game away from Worcs. But (and I know with hindsight it's easier) 1-I wonder if we should have selected Kirbs rather than go for 2 spinners. I suppose it looked a good selection when GD took a wicket with his 1st ball but then after 1 over it was game over.I think we miss Suppiah who gives us both a spin and batting option 2- Trego's bowling spell the other day was immense but today I felt he looked vulnerable so I wonder if they should have gambled and held him for longer? 3 - Re CK's inns-Not sure why he was playing so defensively for the 1st part of it when the ball was flying to/over the boundary each time he let himself go

    As for the bowlers ,I think the prob in this fmt is you can bowl 5 decent balls and one junk ball can clear the ropes

  • John on July 27, 2013, 20:09 GMT

    Hopefully ESPN will publish both my posts on this thread.

    As a neutral it must have been a great game to watch and congrats Worcs/Russell for the fight shown in winning the game.

    Russell (apart from his inns) was IMO also responsible for 2 possible game changing moments

    1 - The Buttler wicket. IMO if Jos's scoop had come off (as it nearly always does) it would have led to Somerset posting a 200+ total which would have IMO been too much

    2 - The final over he bowled which went for just 6 runs

    I'm going to nitpick over Somerset in a 2nd post but I think it was just one of those days when it all went right for Mr Russell (who may not have even come in so early had Worcs not been worried about DL).

    Don't fully agree with the big match mentality thing. If that was the case Somerset wouldn't even be getting to finals

  • Sam on July 27, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    a) Why the Somerset skipper Trescothick isn't playing ? b) Russell can be now regarded as a big hitting batsman who bowls a bit in T20. He should've been included in the WI T20I team in place of Barnwell c) Kieswetter's so talented. He will be certainly recalled to the Eng shorter formats d) Yasir Arafat is one of the leading wicket takers of T20. He can challenge a place in Pak T20I side.

  • Dummy4 on July 27, 2013, 17:47 GMT

    Typical of Somerset. I do not thik they have the big mtch mentality to win trophies. Runner ups on numerus times is proof of that. Still, i tip them to beat Warks and qualify by the skin of their teeth. If only they have Justin Langer as their coach, this will make them more tougher to beat and more ruhlessness. We were too soft and careless at times.

  • Bob on July 27, 2013, 17:36 GMT

    I'm afraid Somerset threw the game away when they bowled, although perhaps to describe some of the dross sent down as bowling is over-egging the cake somewhat. They'll need to perform better against Warks.

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