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Kieswetter guides Somerset into last four

Somerset defeated the South Africa Warriors by 12 runs yesterday to book themselves a place in the semi-finals of the Twenty20 Champions League.

The English side won the toss and chose to bat with Craig Kieswetter top scoring with an unbeaten 56 from 52 balls in their total of 146 for 4 at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

It looked a modest total and the Warriors set about reaching the target in quick fashion as JJ Smuts and Colin Ingram led the way after Ashwell Prince fell for just 10 to the bowling of Stephen Kirby. However, when Ingram and Smuts fell the Warriors lost momentum, with the wheels eventually falling off their innings at the end.

Needing 23 runs from the last two overs, Craig Thyssen was caught on the boundary by Murali Kartik from the bowling of Alfonso Thomas before Wayne Parnell went in the same way three balls later. Athenkosi Dyili was then bowled by Roelof van der Merwe in the penultimate over as the Warriors limped to a total of 134 for 8.

Van der Merwe said: "We're through to the last four so we're very happy about what we did here tonight."