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Craig Kieswetter scored a flamboyant hundred for his county Somerset on the first day of the Championship match against Warwickshire at Edgbaston, Birmingham. Because of his effort, Somerset managed to get to a very good total in the first innings.

The Somerset skipper, Marcus Trescothick, won the toss in the morning and elected to bat first. There was a bit of movement in the air at the start and the Warwickshire quickies made full use of that. They bowled marginally full and created problems for the Somerset top order players.

Somerset was 3 down for just 60 odd runs when Kieswetter walked onto the park. The 25 years old wicketkeeper-batsman counter attacked straight away and released the pressure with a flurry of boundaries. His shots on the off side were pleasing to the eye. He just caressed them through the gaps.

Kieswetter put up a couple of good partnerships during his stay at the wicket. First, he added 89 runs with James Hildreth for the 4th wicket and then, he built a 100-run stand with Alex Barrow for the 5th wicket. These two partnerships brought Somerset’s innings back on track.

However, with the departure of Barrow in the 76th over, Somerset lost the momentum. The wickets started falling quickly which forced Kieswetter to start throwing his bat at everything and in doing that, he got dismissed too. However, before that, he had played his best inning of the season. He scored 148 runs off 192 balls with 17 fours and 3 massive sixes.

The tail-enders couldn’t do much for Somerset and the team got bundled out for 340. Keith Barker and Jeetan Patel were the stand out bowlers for Warwickshire. Both of them got 3 wickets each.

The Warwickshire openers came out to bat for just 1 over and they negotiated that safely. At the end of the day’s play, the score of Warwickshire was 0/0.

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RAPID 50

Craig Kieswetter scored a rapid half century playing for his county Somerset in a T20 match against Gloucestershire. Because of his brilliant batting effort, Somerset easily won that match by 9 wickets.

This was Somerset’s third consecutive victory in the ongoing Friends Life T20. They are currently at no. 2 in the West Division points table.

They have played 8 matches so far in the competition out of which they have won 5 and have lost 3. They currently have 10 points.

In the match against Gloucestershire, the captain of Somerset Alfonso Thomas won the toss and decided to field first. It was a seaming track and the Somerset new ball bowlers made full use of the conditions. They managed to get early breakthroughs and pushed Gloucestershire on the back foot.

There was not a single big partnership in Gloucestershire innings and they just managed to put up a modest score of 125 runs on the board in 20 overs.

The skipper Thomas was the most successful bowler for Somerset. He was a bit expensive, but, he got 4 wickets.

Somerset got a good start in reply. Both their openers Chris Jones and Craig Kieswetter were in attacking mood and they took the Gloucestershire attack to the cleaners.

A 100-run stand for the first wicket between these two almost secured Somerset’s win. Kieswetter was the first wicket to fall in the 14th over when the score was 103. He was dismissed by Tom Smith.

Before getting out, Kieswetter scored 61 runs off just 43 balls with 7 fours and 1 six.

Somerset didn’t lose any more wickets after that. Jones and the new batsman Peter Trego saw the team home comfortably.

Jones and Trego remained unbeaten on 53 and 11 respectively.

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ENGLAND BEAT 300

The England cricket team managed to get past the score of 300 batting first on the second day of the second test match against New Zealand which is being played at Headingley.

At the end of the second day’s play, the score of England was 337 runs for the loss of 7 wickets. The two not out batsmen at the wicket were Matt Prior and Graeme Swann who were batting on 38 and 21 respectively.

The wicket was pretty flat and the sun was shining. So, the conditions were ideal for batting and Alastair Cook had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss.

The start was poor for England. Nick Compton was dismissed early which brought Jonathan Trott at the crease.

Cook and Trott looked quite comfortable against the pace attack of New Zealand and they added 56 runs for the second wicket to give the innings some stability.

England seemed to be going into the lunch break in a comfortable position, but, that wasn’t the case to be. Just before the lunch break, both Trott and Cook got out on back to back deliveries which brought New Zealand right back into the game.

Trott tried to drive Wagner lazily and edged it to McCullum behind the wickets, while, Cook tried to flirt with a delivery going across him and edged it into the hands of Dean Brownlie who was at third slip.

Ian Bell and the local boy Joe Root put up a solid 79-runs partnership for the 4th wicket to put the innings back on track.

Brendon McCullum brought the part time off spinner Kane Williamson into the attack in search of a wicket and the young man delivered for his captain. He dismissed Ian Bell at the score of 30.

However, Joe Root continued to flourish at the other end and he got a solid partner in the form of Jonny Bairstow. Both these Yorkshire men put up a 100-runs stand for the 5th wicket which took England close to 300. Root completed his first test hundred during that partnership.

Trent Boult dismissed Root, Bairstow and Broad in quick succession with the second new ball and all of a sudden, the score became 286 for the loss of 7 wickets.

It seemed that England might be all out before the end of the day’s play, but, that didn’t happen. Prior and Swann negotiated the rest of the overs safely.

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72 RUNS

Craig Kieswetter played a very important knock of 72 runs for Somerset on the fourth day of the match against Durham. However, despite Kieswetter’s efforts, his team got defeated in the match by 48 runs.

Durham had a big first inning lead of 118 runs and that’s what helped them in getting this win. They got all out on just 116 in the second innings, but, they had an overall lead of 234 runs.

While chasing down the target, Somerset was doing quite well. At one point of time, their score was 130 for 2. It was not looking to be an uphill task. But, once that third wicket partnership was broken, the innings fell apart. The remaining 7 wickets fell in the next 30 overs or so and Somerset lost the match.

However, Kieswetter’s knock needs to be praised even after the defeat. Those were perfect seaming conditions and a batsman needed good technique to survive.

A few deliveries beat Kieswetter’s bat as well, but, he remained composed and played some very good shots on the off side. Especially, his back foot play was brilliant. Whenever he got a ball slightly back of a length, he just smashed it through off side.

Even when the wickets started falling, Kieswetter didn’t get nervous. He kept holding one end and was expecting somebody to stay for a while with him. But, when 8th wicket fell down, he lost his patience. He knew that there was no option left other than playing aggressive shots. He went for his shots and connected a couple, but, Ben Stokes knocked him over eventually.

However, that was a fine effort by the Somerset wicketkeeper. He faced 135 balls and hit 8 fours and 1 six.

In the first innings, Kieswetter had scored 21 off 61 balls.

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POOR FIRST DAY

The England Cricket team didn’t have a great first day in the third test match against New Zealand which is being played at Eden Park, Auckland.

The England captain Alastair Cook elected to bowl first after winning the toss in the morning. But, the England bowlers didn’t prove his captain’s decision right. They kept struggling the whole day and managed to dismiss only one New Zealand batsman in 90 overs.

The New Zealand team went into the match with an unchanged playing XI, while, England made one change in the playing XI. Jonny Bairstow came in and Kevin Pietersen went out.

The pitch was a belter and the ball was coming on to the bat quite nicely. The ball moved a bit in the air in the first hour, but, thereafter, nothing happened for the bowlers.

Peter Fulton and Hamish Rutherford put up a decent partnership for the first wicket. Rutherford was more aggressive. He was not hesitant in hitting the ball over the top. As soon as Monty Panesar came into the attack, he hit him for a couple of sixes and forced him to start bowling with a defensive line.

When the score of New Zealand was 79, Finn managed to provide England a much needed breakthrough by dismissing Rutherford. That was short of a length delivery. Rutherford tried to cut it, but, the ball was too wide and he ended up edging the ball. Alastair Cook took the catch in the slips and Rutherford was on his way to the dressing room.

Kane Williamson came to bat at no. 3 and he was also in fine nick. He and Fulton showed great technique and composure. Both these batsmen hit some great shots on both sides of the wicket and they have so far added 171 runs for the second wicket.

At the end of the day’s play, the score of New Zealand was 250 for the loss of 1 wicket. Fulton and Williamson were not out on 124 and 83 respectively.

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KIESWETTER OUT TOO SOON

Craig Kieswetter again failed in playing a big knock in the third ODI match against India which was played at Ranchi.

England was struggling at 97 for 4 when Kieswetter came to bat. England needed a big partnership at that stage. But, Kieswetter didn’t manage to provide stability to England innings. He got out without opening his account.

It was an arm delivery from Ravindra Jadeja, but, Kieswetter couldn’t pick it. He played for the turn and left a big gap between his bat and pads. The ball went through the gate and hit the stumps.

Kieswetter has been out of form since quite a while. He has played three matches in the ongoing series so far and he has managed to score just 42 runs with an average of 21. His performance in the ODI series against South Africa and in the T20 World Cup was also pretty poor.

Kieswetter was left out of the team for the T20 series against India and on his place; Jos Buttler had kept the wickets. Buttler had done a good job both as a wicketkeeper and as a batsman in that series.

Buttler is also a part of the England ODI squad, but, he hasn’t got a playing opportunity in the ongoing series against India so far.

Jonny Bairstow is also a wicketkeeper batsman who is a regular member of the England ODI side. He generally plays as a specialist batsman, but, he can keep wickets as well if needed. He was a part of the England team for this series, but, he withdrew his name due to a family illness.

So, Kieswetter needs to get back to top form as soon as possible, otherwise, he might be replaced in the playing XI either by Bairstow or by Buttler.

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