Somerset v Warwickshire: Kieswetter ton helps defeat leaders

Craig Kieswetter
County Championship Division One, Taunton
Somerset 254 & 273-9 beat Warwickshire 400 & 124 by one wicket
Somerset 21pts, Warwicks 8pts
Match scorecard

Craig Kieswetter smashed a century as Somerset beat Championship leaders Warwickshire by one wicket at Taunton.

The visitors began the final day with a 212-run lead on 66-3 but were all out for 124, Gemaal Hussain taking 5-48.

Needing 271 to win, Kieswetter hit 152 while Nick Compton made 52 to pass 1,000 Championship runs for the season.

Cruising on 259-5, Keith Barker (6-40) took four wickets in 17 balls as the hosts slipped to 269-9, before Peter Trego hit the winning runs.

The result brings Somerset into the County Championship title race and they are eight points behind leaders Warwickshire, but have played a game more.

Warwickshire lost top scorer Varun Chopra (32) in the day's fourth over and added only 58 runs to their overnight total.

It left Somerset needing 271 for victory in a minimum of 78 overs and they stumbled to 2-2 and 15-3.

But Compton and Kieswetter put on 166 in 43 overs to take the hosts close to victory.

Kieswetter hit seven sixes and 14 fours in his 170-ball innings and, when he was caught by Chris Woakes off Barker, Warwickshire fought themselves back into the game.

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