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Craig Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter warmed up for the NatWest Series against Australia with a 35-ball 51 in Somerset's seven-wicket win over Northants

Craig Kieswetter's explosive half-century helped unbeaten Somerset to an easy seven-wicket win over Northamptonshire in the Friends Life t20 Midlands/West/Wales Group match at Wantage Road.

After being invited to bat, the winless Steelbacks limped to 115 for six - at one point going 62 balls without hitting a boundary - as Steve Kirby, George Dockrell and Arul Suppiah claimed two wickets each.

Somerset reached their target with 38 deliveries to spare as England limited-overs wicketkeeper-batsman Kieswetter smashed 51 off 35 balls and South Africa international Richard Levi 35 from 18.

The visitors did not have to wait long for a breakthrough after taking to the field; Kirby bowled Kyle Coetzer for nine in the second over.

Chaminda Vaas then departed for the same score when he launched Kirby high into the air to be caught by Nick Compton at point.

Cameron White and namesake Rob each fell to catches on the off side off Ireland spinner Dockrell, and Steelbacks captain Alex Wakely eventually perished, having crawled to 34, when he was stumped by Kieswetter off Suppiah.

Kieswetter, released to play in this match prior to the NatWest Series against Australia, repeated the trick two Suppiah deliveries later to dismiss David Willey as it took the hosts until the penultimate over to reach three figures.

Chasing a meagre 116, Somerset got off to a terrific start as Levi bludgeoned four huge sixes during the powerplay.

A partnership of 61 came to an end when the opener thumped fellow South African Con de Lange to Coetzer at deep midwicket.

Kieswetter hung around to go past 50 off just 33 balls with a four through extra-cover off Oliver Stone, but was bowled by de Lange in the 11th over.

De Lange, who finished with figures of 3-22, then trapped Peter Trego lbw for eight before a James Middlebrook wide brought proceedings to a close.

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