Saturday 20 July 2013 

Somerset v Warwickshire Bears, Friends Life t20


Looking to extend their three match winning run in the t20, Warwickshire’s skipper Varun Chopra won the toss at Taunton and chose to bat on a very dry looking pitch.

The Bears then produced their worst batting performance in their history in the t20 competition, as Somerset ripped apart the top order with five batsmen dismissed inside the powerplay six overs, with just 13 runs on the board, finally dismissing them for just 73 in seventeen overs, Warwickshire’s lowest ever score in the competition.

Darren Maddy 20 and Rikki Clarke 28  batted for nine overs adding forty eight before just twelve more runs were added after Maddy’s demise.

The innings closed at the end of the seventeenth over with Yasir Arafat returning the remarkable figures of 3-0-5-4. Alfonso Thomas took 2-3 and Craig Meschede 2-9 while apart from Maddy and Clarke reaching double figures, the next highest score was Patel’s five.

Hoping that the wicket would provide the bowlers with as much help as Somerset had appeared to extract, the Bears quickly realised this wasn’t going to be the case, as Kieswetter and Jones smashed the ball around the ground, scoring  eleven boundaries and a huge Kieswetter six, reaching their target thanks to six no-balls after just 8.3 overs. Kieswetter was 39* from 27 balls and Jones 30*from 29 balls.

The match had reached a conclusion in just 25.3 of the possible forty overs.

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