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In-form Kieswetter destroys Durham

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Craig Kieswetter continued his superb form with a hard-hitting 103 as Somerset moved off the bottom of Clydesdale Bank 40 Group B with an eight-wicket victory over Durham at Taunton.

Fresh from his match-winning 152 in the LV= County Championship success over Warwickshire on Saturday, Kieswetter plundered nine fours and half a dozen sixes in his 61-ball innings as Somerset overcame Durham's 147 with more than 19 overs to spare.

Gareth Breese top-scored for Durham with an unbeaten 31, while Pete Trego removed three of the top four to finish as Somerset's most successful bowler with 3-26 in six overs.

More good news for Somerset was the return to action of former England batsman Marcus Trescothick, three months after he ruptured ankle ligaments while fielding against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Craig Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter continued his excellent form with the willow, smashing 103 off 61 balls as Somerset easily defeated Durham at Taunton

Trescothick made 15 from 17 deliveries before being bowled by Chris Rushworth and, having proved his fitness, now looks set to lead Somerset in Tuesday's home Friends Life t20 quarter-final against Essex.

Durham, with three wins from their previous six CB40 games, were always struggling once Trego had ripped through the top order.

The right-arm seamer had Phil Mustard caught behind off the last ball of the first over and Johann Myburgh taken at cover by Jos Buttler in his next.

Then, after Craig Meschede had Paul Collingwood caught at cover by Max Waller, Trego struck again when he held a return catch to dismiss Mark Stoneman, which made it 34 for four.

A fifth-wicket partnership of 33 between Ben Stokes and Gordon Muchall transpired to be Durham's best of the innings, but it came to an end when Stokes was caught on the deep-midwicket boundary by James Hildreth off leg-spinner Max Waller.

Waller claimed his second scalp when Muchall chipped to Trescothick at short midwicket and then provided the direct hit which ran out Dale Benkenstein to make it 96 for seven.

Alfonso Thomas had Scott Borthwick lbw for a duck and the veteran seamer went on to finish with a very economical return of 1-12 in seven overs.

Mitchell Claydon made an aggressive 18 before being caught behind down the leg-side off Lewis Gregory.

Breese played well, but Durham's innings ended when Rushworth was bowled by Gregory and a total of 147 never looked likely to trouble Somerset's formidable batting line-up.

Trescothick hit a couple of boundaries - a late cut off Myburgh and a back-foot force off Rushworth - before he was bowled by a slower delivery from the latter.

It turned into the Kieswetter show after that as the England one-day international wicketkeeper peppered the boundary boards.

Kieswetter hit two sixes off Claydon in the seventh over, the first deposited over extra cover and the second over midwicket. He brought up his half-century from 38 balls and required only 20 more to register his hundred.

His four remaining sixes were all struck down the ground. The first came off Borthwick's leg-spin, the next off Collingwood and then the last two from successive Claydon deliveries.

Kieswetter's remarkable innings ended in the 18th over when he holed out to Borthwick on the long-on boundary off Rushworth, which left Nick Compton and Hildreth to complete a comfortable victory.

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