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September 15, 2009
Somerset 236 for 5 (de Bruyn 109*, Langer 45) beat Worcestershire 152 (Moore 40) by 84 runs
Zander de Bruyn overcame a groin injury to hit an unbeaten 109 as Somerset secured victory against Worcestershire to keep themselves in the title race until the final weekend of the season. If they beat Durham next Sunday and Sussex, the current leaders, slip up against Worcestershire then Somerset can take the crown.
They made an uncertain start at New Road as Gareth Andrew made inroads with the new ball, having the dangerous and in-form Craig Kieswetter caught behind, removing James Hildreth with an inside edge and having Marcus Trescothick caught hooking at long leg.
However, de Bruyn and Justin Langer - who announced after the game that this would be his finals season with Somerset - added 128 for the fourth wicket. de Bruyn, who needed a runner for much of the innings, reached his hundred from 102 balls and some late impetus was provided by Arul Suppiah who chipped in with 28 off 20 balls.
Worcestershire's hopes in the chase rested largely with their openers, but Steven Davies and Vikram Solanki fell inside the first eight overs. When Stephen Moore was lbw for 40 they were 88 for 6 and the game was long gone.
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