Somerset vs Warwickshire

Match info: County Championship Division 1 at The County Ground, Taunton

Date: 21st Jul 2012 Status: Day 4 of 4 Umpires: R T Robinson and M J Saggers

Home team and score Away team score

Somerset

254 All out (66.5 Overs)
273/9 (69.1 Overs)

Result

Warwickshire

400 All out (109.5 Overs)
124 All out (37.4 Overs)

Somerset win by 1 wickets

  • Last Updated: July 21 2012, 18:41 BST

A big century from Craig Kieswetter and five wickets for Gemaal Hussain helped Somerset pull off victory over championship leaders Warwickshire in a thrilling finish to keep their own bid for the title very much alive.

Craig Kieswetter: Century took Somerset to victory
Craig Kieswetter: Century took Somerset to victory

Warwickshire lost their last seven wickets for the addition of 58 runs in less than 16 overs due to inspired bowling from Hussain, before the Cidermen chased down a victory total of 271 courtesy of Kieswetter's century, well supported by a painstaking 52 from Nick Compton.

With 12 runs needed and five wickets in hand, a late collapse put the result back in doubt as Keith Barker took four quick wickets but Peter Trego finally hit the boundary that secured a one-wicket success.

Warwickshire resumed on 66 for three and wickets started to tumble when Hussain trapped Varun Chopra leg before, trying to work the ball to leg, in the fourth over.

Alfonso Thomas struck next over when he had Tim Ambrose brilliantly caught at mid-wicket by Max Waller.

Hussain struck twice with the total on 82 when Rikki Clarke was caught at mid-wicket by Alex Barrow and three balls later Chris Woakes went leg before.

Barker was next out, caught by Kieswetter as he fended at a bouncer from Thomas.

Jeetan Patel and Darren Maddy added 32 for the ninth wicket in less than six overs, Patel hitting a brisk 21 before being caught by James Hildreth at third man off Thomas.

The final wicket went to Hussain when Chris Wright was leg before and Warwickshire were all out for 124. The Somerset bowler ended with five for 48, his best return since May 2011.

Chasing 271 for victory off a minimum of 78 overs, Somerset lost Barrow, caught by Maddy in the gully off the fifth ball of the innings, and Arul Suppiah, bowled by Barker with the eighth.

Woakes bowled the first ball after lunch from the River End and had Hildreth caught behind for eight, leaving Somerset 15 for three.

Kieswetter joined Compton to steady the situation and it was the latter who brought up the 50 with a handsome off-drive to the boundary off Wright in the 18th over.

The England one-day keeper played a glorious straight drive off Clarke when he joined the attack from the Old Pavilion End for the 24th over and a pushed single to mid-wicket off Patel in the next brought up his 50 off 52 balls, including seven fours and one six.

Warwickshire skipper Jim Troughton rotated his bowlers to try to unsettle the fourth-wicket pair but Compton and Kieswetter seemed unperturbed as the latter took a boundary through mid-wicket off Clarke to bring up the 100 partnership in the 34th over.

The Somerset batsmen remained in determined mood and seven overs after tea, Kieswetter went to his first championship century of the season in spectacular fashion with three sixes in an over off Patel over mid-wicket. The gloveman reached his century off 123 balls, hitting 10 fours and four sixes.

At the other end, Compton played the perfect foil to his partner and went to his 50 in the 50th over with a single to mid-on off Woakes. In his next over, however, the same bowler enticed Compton to edge his third delivery to Ambrose, bringing the partnership worth 166 in 43 overs to an end.

Jos Buttler raced to 24 at a run a ball before he played a loose drive off Barker and was caught at first slip by Chopra.

Kieswetter brought up his 150 off 170 balls with 14 fours and seven sixes, but next ball he was caught by Woakes at long leg off Barker.

Trego was joined by Craig Meschede, who scored four before he was caught by Chopra off Barker, and Thomas then edged his first ball to Rikki Clarke to leave Somerset 263 for eight, still needing eight for victory.

Amid mounting tension, Max Waller and Trego edged the hosts nearer to their target but on 269, Waller was caught by Chopra at second slip off Barker - his sixth wicket.

In the end it was Trego who brought the game to a close when he hit Patel's first delivery to the long-on boundary to see Somerset to the narrowest of victories.

Barker ended with six for 40, a career best.