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Murali Kartik spins Somerset to nine-wicket victory

Somerset 290 & 45-1 beat Warwickshire 127 & 207 by nine wickets

Somerset 21 pts, Warwickshire 3 pts
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Murali Kartik
Kartik's 6-61 was his best figures in English cricket since July 2007

Murali Kartik made his first major impact as Somerset's overseas player to help his side to a nine-wicket victory against Warwickshire at Taunton.

Playing in only his second Championship match for the county, the Indian left-arm spinner took a match-winning 6-61, including five third-day wickets.

That was enough to make the battered Bears crumble from 111-3 overnight to 207 all out shortly after lunch.

Somerset then reached 45-1 inside 11 overs to earn a second straight win.

Warwickshire began the day still 52 runs short of making Somerset bat again, but their remaining middle order batsmen departed to inappropriate attacking shots.

Jim Troughton was Kartik's first victim of the day, lbw trying to pull a short ball, and Rikki Clarke had already been dropped at slip by Marcus Trescothick before also falling lbw attempting to sweep.

Tim Ambrose was caught at second slip by Zander de Bruyn aiming an expansive drive before Chris Woakes was caught behind pushing forward to a turning delivery. And Kartik made it five wickets for the morning when bowling Ant Botha with one that kept low.

The game would have been over before lunch had it not been for a ninth-wicket stand of 20 between Imran Tahir and Boyd Rankin.

Tahir was subjected to a succession of short-pitched balls by Alfonso Thomas, but swung lustily to hit four fours and a six in his 23 before being caught at backward point by Arul Suppiah off the same bowler.

After lunching on 207-9, the Bears' second innings finally ended in the first over after the interval when Charl Willoughby bowled Rankin for 12.

Willoughby finished with 2-41, but it was Kartik who did the job he was brought in to do by running through the opposition in the second innings of a Championship fixture.

When Somerset batted again, Trescothick smashed a quick 30, including two sixes, before being bowled by Tahir trying to win the game with another six.

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see also
Hildreth puts Somerset in control
25 May 10 |  Counties
Thomas's burst devastates Bears
24 May 10 |  Counties

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