Somerset v Gloucestershire, YB40 Group C, Taunton August 11, 2013

Kieswetter ton overwhelms Gloucestershire

Somerset 267 for 3 (Kieswetter 126*, Trego 59) Gloucestershire 263 for 8 (Klinger 131*)

A brilliant unbeaten 126 from Craig Kieswetter put Somerset clear at the top of their Yorkshire Bank 40 group after they beat Gloucestershire by seven wickets with 39 balls to spare.

Gloucestershire posted a challenging 263 for 8 a total based on an unbeaten 131 from Michael Klinger but he had little support from his team-mates, Chris Dent the next highest scorer with 32.

Marcus Trescothick scored 39 to help put on 87 for the first wicket, after which Kieswetter and Peter Trego, who made 59, took the hosts to 182 in the 22nd over by which time Somerset all but had the game in the bag.

At the start of the afternoon Klinger, who was dropped at slip by Trescothick before getting off the mark made 23 with Hamish Marshall, before Marshall was caught by Trego at short mid wicket off Steve Kirby. Klinger and Chris Dent added 71 before Jamie Overton returned and accounted for Dent with his first delivery, caught by wicketkeeper Kieswetter for 32.

Klinger was enjoying himself and reached his 50 off 50 balls. Max Waller, bowling at the River End, looked dangerous and was rewarded when he bowled James Fuller with a quicker ball. There was further joy for Somerset when Alviro Petersen came on at the River End and first ball had Ian Cockbain caught by Waller at mid-on for 12.

Klinger had moved on to 65 when he was put down for a second time, this time at deep mid off by Overton. The opener brought up the 150 with a lofted four to long off from Petersen, to take him on to 75, but two runs later he was missed for a third time, this time by Craig Meschede who failed to hang on to a tough caught and bowled chance. Klinger went to his century when he clipped Kirby off his legs to the midwicket boundary.

The fifth wicket pair had taken the total on to 203 when Alex Gidman was caught at deep midwicket off a Kirby full toss for 19. The partnership added 71. Klinger remained at the crease until the end of the innings by which time he had moved on to 131 off 126 balls, including 14 fours and two sixes.

Somerset's reply started quickly as Trescothick and Kieswetter hurried the hosts to 50 off the last ball of the fifth over. Trescothick was missed on 35 but four runs later was caught at short cover by Klinger off Howell with the score on 87 in the ninth over.

Kieswetter went to his 50 with a single off Young to short cover off 37 balls including six fours and a six. Trego wasted no time in joining the run spree and hit off spinner Tom Smith high on to the Old Pavilion roof and went to his 50 off 38 balls, including six fours and a six with two to deep backward point off Dent in the 18th over.

Kieswetter carried on with the plunder and drove Smith high back over his head in his next over. The second-wicket partnership was worth 95 when Trego drilled a ball from Dent to short extra cover where Klinger held on to the sharp chance. Petersen stayed a short while before he was caught at deep mid wicket by Howell off Fuller with the total on 202.

Kieswetter went to his century with two to backward square leg off Fuller, the 11th List A of his career, which came off 88 balls with nine fours and three sixes. Kieswetter hit three sixes off the 33rd by Howell to level the scores and Compton rounded things off with a four off Smith off the third ball of the next over.

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  • Dummy4 on August 12, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    It is not good to see Kieswetter doing well for Somerset because of Buttler factor. England will pick him instead of Jos. That will create uneasy tension in Somerset dressing room. SO how will they manage this? Buttler will depart to join another county and we will keep Kiesy. I find Buttler more talented than Kiesy.

  • Samuel on August 12, 2013, 9:15 GMT

    @JG - even on flat roads England don't want someone who dares to take the attack to the bowlers: heaven forbid you show some aggressive intent at the start of an ODI! For me, Kiesy has done everything England asked him to do; he's worked incredibly hard on his keeping and is now a pretty decent gloveman, and he's scoring a ton of runs. But his name isn't Michael Carberry, so of course he's not getting the same media push...

  • Dummy4 on August 11, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Great to see somerset winning in style sfter that terrible Batty episode in. T20 QF. Lets hope they can kick on and go on to win the YB40 trophy st Lords.

  • John on August 11, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    Good to see Somerset back to winning ways in shorter formats after the poor performance vs Surrey. Tres makes a healthy difference to our RR at the start and Craig's form is immense right now. A message to Eng. Craig can only bat on flat/road pitches so please leave him where he is. You're better off without him.

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