Somerset finally break CB40 duck
Craig Kieswetter’s 47-ball half-century helped Somerset to their first Clydesdale Bank 40 win of the season, a 60-run Group B success over Scotland at sunny Taunton.
England’s one-day international wicketkeeper hit eight fours and a six in his 56 to help the hosts, who won the toss, to 206 all out; Jean Symes claimed 3-31 and Josh Davey 3-22.
In reply, Scotland were soon 31 for four as Alfonso Thomas and Jamie Overton grabbed two wickets apiece with the new ball.
They were eventually bowled out for 146, Richie Berrington top-scoring with 40 and Craig Meschede taking 4-27.
Kieswetter handed over the pads to Jos Buttler when Scotland batted so he could bowl his occasional off-spin on a pitch that offered some turn.
He came on for the 28th over with the score 113 for seven and conceded 19 from two overs, taking the wicket of Craig Wallace, caught at long-off, in the process.
It was Kieswetter’s third scalp of the season, following the two he claimed at the end of an LV= County Championship Division One match against Worcestershire.
Somerset had looked on course for a big total when openers Kieswetter and Nick Compton, who made 23, took the score to 70 in the 13th over - only for the latter to be caught behind off Davey.
Peter Trego fell for a third-ball duck in the same over and, when Kieswetter’s bright knock was ended by an lbw verdict in favour of Gordon Goudie, it was 89 for three.
Buttler and James Hildreth added 50 in typically brisk style, but the latter chipped a return catch to Symes and fell for 26, after which Scotland’s bowlers, particularly their spinners, took control.
Symes got the ball to turn from the Old Pavilion End and bowled Buttler and Thomas, both deliveries spinning past the bat to hit off stump.
It would have been worse for the hosts had Lewis Gregory not been dropped first ball by skipper Preston Mommsen off Symes; he went on to score 23 before becoming one of Majid Haq’s two victims.
Scotland looked to be recovering from the poor start to their innings when Mommsen and Berrington added 41 for the fifth wicket before the former was bowled for 12 aiming to hit Meschede out of the ground.
It was Meschede who ended Berrington’s resistance as the batsman holed out to George Dockrell at long-on. At that point, the visitors required 107 from 15.1 overs.
It never looked on and, despite Ryan Flannigan’s 30 not out, they fell well short.