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Somerset beat KKR by 11 runs, both teams qualify for Champions League

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somerset1A phenomenal all round effort from a depleted Somerset side saw them pull off a big 11 run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders in the last qualifying match of the CL T20 in Hyderabad on Wednesday night. Somerset, batting first, amassed a sizeable 166 for 6 on a slow track owing to a fine 70 from opener Peter Trego. Kolkata suffered several setbacks in the run-chase before eventually creeping over the qualification mark due to a magnificent knock from the Dutch batsman Ryan ten Doeschate. Despite the defeat, Kolkata go through along with Somerset to the next stage of the competition, while Sri Lankan side Ruhunu Eleven are ousted from the competition despite their win earlier in the day against the Leicestershire Foxes.

With a close finish in the corresponding Pool B fixture between the leicestershire foxes and Ruhuna, there was a realistic possibility of both KKR and Somerset making it through to the main rounds, irrespective of the result in what was the last qualifying match of the tournament. Somerset captain Alfonso Thomas won an important toss and chose to bat first on a wicket that looked a bit on the slower side. Both teams went in with unchanged line ups from their respective match winning sides against the Auckland Aces.

The Somerset Openers, Chris Jones and Peter Trego started off with positive intent against the hard new ball as they got off to a brisk start in the first 3 overs scurrying their way to 27 without loss. Speedster Brett Lee put a halt to the charge in the 4th over as he dismissed Chris Jones caught behind after having made 14 from 10 deliveries. Pinch hitter Roelof Van Der Merwe then joined Peter Trego as the pair pinched valuable runs off the Knight Riders bowlers, making good use of the field restrictions. At the end of powerplay Somerset moved on to a healthy 47 for 1 with Trego looking well set.

Van der Merwe and Trego continued to accumulate after the powerplay with some shrewd and sensible batting before climbing into an ordinary over from Yusuf Pathan, belting him for 17 runs. That over seemed to open the flood gates as both batsmen punished the loose deliveries on offer with disdain, propelling the score to 87 for 1 in just 11 overs. Van Der Merwe accounted for most of the runs in the partnership while Trego set himself up to bat through the innings. Young Jaidev Unadkat got KKR a much needed break through in the 13th over, getting Van der Merwe caught at mid-wicket off a slower delivery, but not before he belted a quickfire 40 off just 25 balls.

England national team prospect James Hildreth then joined the party as he quickly got into the groove as he complimented Trego perfectly with his innovative stroke play, that included some effective sweeps and reverse sweeps off the spinners. Somerset were perfectly placed for an onslaught after 15 overs at 120 for 2 with Trego looking ominous.

Peter Trego, having paced himself perfectly for a final overs flourish, did exactly that with five overs to go as he peppered the mid wicket and extra-cover boundaries with great consistency. Nick Compton, who came at the fall of Hildreth's wicket produced a fantastic cameo of 20 off just 10 balls that included a deft scoop six over short fine leg off Lee before he was run out by the wicket keeper in the penultimate over. The final over from Lee saw some drama as Trego was bowled off a no ball, before he was run out for a well made 70 off just 61 balls propelling Somerset to a good total of 166/6 in their 20 overs. Unadkat was the pick of the bowlers on the day as he finished with figures of 2/31 in his 4 overs. With the wicket showing some variable bounce towards the end of that innings, the Knight Riders needed a very good batting display to qualify for the main rounds.

In pursuit of 167 for victory and 155 to ensure qualification, The Kolkata Knight Riders got off to horrid start losing both openers Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis inside the first two overs. Bisla fell victim to a big misunderstanding with his captain, while a former Knight Rider Murali Kartik, rubbed salt into his former teams wounds as he dismissed Kallis in the same over, well caught at mid-on by James Hildreth. Sreevats Goswami and Manoj Tiwary, then built a partnership of sorts in the powerplay, albeit unconvincingly. KKR were 33 for 2 after 6 overs with Goswami still there, having benefited from a dropped chance and Tiwary keeping him company.

The luck didn't last very long for the Knight Riders as Shreevats Goswami's troubled stay at the wicket finally came to an end in the 8th over as he skied one straight to Compton at long on off the bowling of Max Waller.
Waller struck a big blow again in his next over, this time bowling Tiwary with a well disguised top spinner when he looked good having made 27.

With 4 wickets already lost, Ryan ten Doeschate joined Yusuf Pathan to resurrect this wrecked innings. He played some sensible and positive cricket to pull KKR out of a hole. Having injured himself while running, Yusuf Pathan didn't look very comfortable at the crease, and as a result, holed out to long on in an attempt to hit his way to some quick runs. Ten Doeschate, though, seemed unfazed by wickets falling all around him as he continued his fine display of batting and played some classy shots on both sides of the wicket, including a huge six over mid wicket off Arul Suppiah. Shakib Al Hasan supported Doeschate diligently after the loss of Pathan and looked in good touch before his innings was abruptly ended by a spectacular catch at deep square leg by the irrepressible Van der Merwe.

The star of the show, undoubtedly was Ten Doeschate, who was calmly steering Kolkata towards qualification. He was ably supported by Rajat Bhatia coming in at number 8 who played a good hand making 19 off 14 balls before getting out to Van Der Merwe.

Kolkata eventually qualified for the main rounds on the back of a fine knock under immense pressure, from the associate player of the year Ryan Ten Doeschate, but ended up losing the game by 11 runs, giving Somerset a well deserved win.

The game ended happily for both teams In the end and they pair along with the West Indian champions Trinidad & Tobago made it through to the Group Stages of the 2011 Champions League. While Ruhunu, unfortunate to have featured in the early kick-off were eliminated, leaving the organizers a bit to ponder whether the final qualification round should start simultaneously ala football matches.

Teams:

Somerset: Chris Jones, Nick Compton, Lewis Gregory, James Hidreth, Arul Suppiah, Peter Trego, Roelof van der Merve, Steve Snell, Murali Kartik, Alfonso Thomas, Max Waller.

Kolkata Knight Riders: J Kallis(capt), M Bisla (wk), S Goswami, M Tiwary, R Ten Doeschate, S Al Hasan, Y Pathan, R Bhatia, I Abdulla, Brett Lee, J Unadkat.

Mini Scorecard:

Somerset Sabres 166/6 (20 overs, 8.3rpo)
P Trego 70 (61) J Unadakat 2-31
R Van der Merwe 40 (25) B Lee 2-34

Kolkata Knight Riders 155/8 (20 overs, 7.75rpo)
R Ten Doeschate 46 (31) R van der Merwe 2-23
M Tiwary 27 (23) M Waller 2-23

File Photograph Copyright: Barry Zee