Twenty20 Round-up: Kieswetter back and firing as Middlesex are thrashed at Taunton

Last year Somerset finished second in everything but that experience doesn't appear to have left any long-term scars. The West Country side, well-placed in the Championship after the first half of the season, have been piling on the runs in the Friends Provident t20 after an opening defeat to last year's winners, Hampshire.

Having beaten Kent comfortably on Friday, they amassed 235 for 5 against Middlesex yesterday at Taunton. It proved far too much for the Londoners, who went down by 40 runs.

Somerset enjoyed decent contributions from almost all of their top order, England's Craig Kieswetter top-scoring with 59. The South African-born cricketer – injured for Somerset's first two games – has been in superb limited-overs form this season after a difficult 2010 (the t20 World Cup notwithstanding) and he massacred a strong-looking Middlesex attack, scoring his runs off just 22 balls.

Also in the southern group – from where the last four winners have come – Sussex, the 2009 champions, strolled to victory over Gloucestershire. An impressive bowling effort, led by Monty Panesar, who took 3 for 14, restricted the Gladiators to 97 from their 17 overs before Sussex reached their target for the loss of three wickets.

Lancashire's momentum in the Championship may have been halted by a hefty defeat to Durham but they will be pleased with their t20 form thus far (three games, two wins), particularly after a five-wicket win over Leicestershire yesterday. Liverpool-born Tom Smith played the decisive hand with an innings of 75 on a day when local talent shone: Leicestershire's top scorer, with 60, was Leicester lad Josh Cobb.

Lancastrian delight can only have been increased by Yorkshire's continuing travails. The Headingley side lost their second game yesterday, tumbling to a 53-run defeat to Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Samit Patel, whose weight problems are well publicised but who is a fine cricketer nonetheless, shone with bat and ball for the hosts, hitting 52 and taking 2 for 27 from his four overs.

Yorkshire's effort was pretty tame in comparison with only Adam Lyth threatening to hurt Notts, hitting 43 before he was out off the bowling of the former Essex man Andy Carter.

It has been a chastening season for the Tykes after their title challenge lasted into the final day of last season. Third from bottom in the First Division of the Championship (having played more games than the teams below them), they may have been hoping for some respite in Twenty20. No luck so far.

Still, they probably enjoyed themselves rather more yesterday than a couple of Kent bowlers. After the game at Tunbridge Wells was reduced to a five-over slog, Hampshire began sedately, moving to 11 for 0 off two overs. Then the carnage began.

Simon Cook was the first bowler to suffer, going for 28 from his over before 18-year-old Adam Ball was hit for the same in his solitary over. In all, the Hampshire pair of Michael Lumb – Kiewsetter's opening partner in the t20 World Cup last year – and Jimmy Adams hit eight sixes in nine balls. At least Ball had the last laugh, bowling Lumb with his final ball. It wasn't enough to save Kent: they scored just 58 for 2 in reply to Hampshire's 78 for 1.

Scoreboard

Yesterday

Friends Life t20 - North Division, Grace Road: Leicestershire: 173-2 (J J Cobb 60, A B McDonald 54no) (20.0 overs), Lancashire: 175-5 (T C Smith 75) (18.1 overs). Lancashire (2pts) beat Leicestershire by 5 wickets.

Friends Life t20 - North Division, Trent Bridge: Nottinghamshire: 215-6 (A C Voges 74, S R Patel 52) (20.0 overs), Yorkshire: 162-8 (20.0 overs). Nottinghamshire (2pts) beat Yorkshire by 53 runs.

Friends Life t20 - North Division, Edgbaston: Northamptonshire: 150-8 (20.0 overs), Warwickshire: 110 (J Botha 4-16) (17.3 overs). Northamptonshire (2pts) beat Warwickshire by 40 runs.

Friends Life t20 - North Division, New Road: Worcestershire v Durham. Match abandoned, no result 1pt each

Friends Life t20 - South Division, Bristol: Gloucestershire: 97-9 (17.0 overs) Sussex: 98-3 (14.3 overs). Sussex (2pts) beat Gloucestershire by 7 wickets.

Friends Life t20 - South Division, Tunbridge Wells: Hampshire: 78-1 (5.0 overs), Kent: 58-2 (5.0 overs). Hampshire (2pts) beat Kent by 20 runs.

Friends Life t20 - South Division, Taunton: Somerset: 235-5 (C Kieswetter 59, R E van der Merwe 51) (20.0 overs), Middlesex: 195-9 (J A Simpson 60no) (20.0 overs). Somerset (2pts) beat Middlesex by 40 runs.

Saturday

International Twenty20 Series, Trinidad: India: 159-6 (D J G Sammy 4-16) (20.0 overs) West Indies: 143-5 (20.0 overs). India beat West Indies (2pts) by 16 runs.

PROMOTED VIDEO
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Life and Style
fashionHealth concerns and 'pornified' perceptions have made women more conscious at the beach
Arts and Entertainment
tv
Sport
Ojo Onaolapo celebrates winning the bronze medal
commonwealth games
Arts and Entertainment
Rock band Led Zeppelin in the early 1970s
musicLed Zeppelin to release alternative Stairway To Heaven after 43 years
Arts and Entertainment
High-flyer: Chris Pratt in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'
filmHe was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
Sport
Van Gaal said that his challenge in taking over Bobby Robson's Barcelona team in 1993 has been easier than the task of resurrecting the current United side
footballA colourful discussion on tactics, the merits of the English footballer and rebuilding Manchester United
Life and Style
Sainsbury's could roll the lorries out across its whole fleet if they are successful
tech
Travel
The shipping news: a typical Snoozebox construction
travelSpending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Arts and Entertainment
'Old Fashioned' will be a different kind of love story to '50 Shades'
film
Arts and Entertainment
Tracey Emin's 'My Bed' is returning to the Tate more than 15 years after it first caused shockwaves at the gallery
artTracey Emin's bed returns to the Tate after record sale
Arts and Entertainment
Smart mover: Peter Bazalgette
filmHow live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences
Environment
Neil Young performing at Hyde Park, London, earlier this month
environment
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

Save the tiger: The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The animals bred for bones on China’s tiger farms

The big cats kept in captivity to perform for paying audiences and then, when dead, their bodies used to fortify wine
A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery all included in top 50 hidden spots in the UK

A former custard factory, a Midlands bog and a Leeds cemetery

Introducing the top 50 hidden spots in Britain
Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

Ebola epidemic: Plagued by fear

How a disease that has claimed fewer than 2,000 victims in its history has earned a place in the darkest corner of the public's imagination
Chris Pratt: From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

From 'Parks and Recreation' to 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

He was homeless in Hawaii when he got his big break. Now the comic actor Chris Pratt is Hollywood's new favourite action star
How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

How live cinema screenings can boost arts audiences

Broadcasting plays and exhibitions to cinemas is a sure-fire box office smash
Shipping container hotels: Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Pop-up hotels filling a niche

Spending the night in a shipping container doesn't sound appealing, but these mobile crash pads are popping up at the summer's biggest events
Native American headdresses are not fashion accessories

Feather dust-up

A Canadian festival has banned Native American headwear. Haven't we been here before?
Boris Johnson's war on diesel

Boris Johnson's war on diesel

11m cars here run on diesel. It's seen as a greener alternative to unleaded petrol. So why is London's mayor on a crusade against the black pump?
5 best waterproof cameras

Splash and flash: 5 best waterproof cameras

Don't let water stop you taking snaps with one of these machines that will take you from the sand to meters deep
Louis van Gaal interview: Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era

Louis van Gaal interview

Manchester United manager discusses tactics and rebuilding after the David Moyes era
Will Gore: The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series

Will Gore: Outside Edge

The goodwill shown by fans towards Alastair Cook will evaporate rapidly if India win the series
The children were playing in the street with toy guns. The air strikes were tragically real

The air strikes were tragically real

The children were playing in the street with toy guns
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – The British, as others see us

Britain as others see us

Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite
How did our legends really begin?

How did our legends really begin?

Applying the theory of evolution to the world's many mythologies
Watch out: Lambrusco is back on the menu

Lambrusco is back on the menu

Naff Seventies corner-shop staple is this year's Aperol Spritz