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Alfonso Thomas and Max Waller helped Somerset beat Warwickshire Bears at Taunton

Skipper Alfonso Thomas is refusing to get carried away after nearly men Somerset began their Friends Life t20 campaign with a crushing victory over Warwickshire.

Thomas has been part of a Sabres side that has suffered the disappointment of losing in the final of the competition for the past three years.

Hopes of going one step further this season were boosted last night as overseas pair Richard Levi and Albie Morkel starred alongside young leg-spinner Max Waller.

Thomas told ecb.co.uk: “We are not going to get ahead of ourselves - it is only the first game. But it is definitely a performance we can build upon.

“It’s a fantastic start, but every season where we have started well we have seemed to lose our way a bit. But I am quite happy with the start.

“As long as we compete towards the business end of the season, I will be very happy.”

Waller, in particular, drew praise from his captain after claiming 4-16 as the Bears fell well short of overhauling Somerset’s 191 for six, which was built upon 69 and 38 respectively from Levi and Morkel.

Speaking about Waller and spin twin George Dockrell, Thomas said: “They were brilliant.

“They are two guys who have a lot of energy and if you can keep it tight up front, the two of them can come in and boss the game - which is exactly what they did.

“It is just very difficult to keep them on a very short leash because they want to try and do everything.

“But I am very chuffed for Max Waller especially; it has been a frustrating 12 or 18 months for him but he has been working very hard and it certainly paid off.”

Asked whether he was delighted with his own performance, Waller said: “Yes, definitely and to start off with a win in this competition is brilliant.”

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