Wednesday 5 October 2011 

Somerset Into Semi-Finals With Warriors Win

Somerset Into Semi-Finals With Warriors Win
Somerset Into Semi-Finals With Warriors Win
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Somerset 146-4 (Kieswetter 56no) beat
Warriors 127-8 (Thomas 2-16) by 12 runs
Champions League Twenty20, Bangalore

Somerset booked their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League Twenty20 by beating 2010 runners-up Warriors by 12 runs in Bangalore.

Craig Kieswetter scored an unbeaten half-century as Somerset posted 146 for four and they then restricted the Warriors to just 127 for eight in reply.

Kieswetter anchored Somerset's innings with 56 in 52 balls, hitting four fours and three sixes and allowing Roelof van der Merwe (32 in 16 balls) and Jos Buttler (30 in 23) to score freely at the other end.

James Hildreth also made 21 to set up a competitive score although Somerset were always going to have to bowl well to stay in the competition.

The experienced trio of Alfonso Thomas, Steve Kirby and Murali Kartik then led by example, all taking two wickets to secure Somerset's passage.

JJ Smuts (38) and Colin Ingram (32) put on 49 for the second wicket to put the English side under pressure before Adam Dibble and then Kartik made the crucial breakthroughs.

From there, Somerset seized control of the match and by taking regular wickets, put paid to the Warriors' chances, van der Merwe completing a fine all-round game by bowling Atehnkosi Dyili in the final over.

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