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.Continue reading