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Kieswetter puts Bell in the shade

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Somerset 272-2 beat Warwickshire 271-9 by eight wickets
(Somt 2pts, Warks 0pts)


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Ian Bell's century was overshadowed by two South Africans as Somerset breezed to an eight-wicket FP Trophy win in the April sunshine at Edgbaston.

Bell's bid to win back his England place was helped by his second ton of the season - 108 in the Bears' 271-9.

But the Bears were then destroyed by Craig Kieswetter, who hit three sixes in an unbeaten 138 from 131 balls.

He was backed by Zander de Bruyn (73), the pair putting on an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 188.

Kieswetter matched Bell's achievement of adding a century to the 150 not out he scored in last week's high-scoring County Championship game at Taunton.

Having made his first one-day ton against Gloucestershire last August, the South African-born wicketkeeper wasted no time in posting another.

Although his first 50 included only three boundaries, he accelerated well.

After a brisk opening with Marcus Trescothick (29), the match was nicely poised when Warwickshire new boy Keith Barker had James Hildreth caught at mid-off for 20.

But de Bruyn sensibly built a platform with Kieswetter, completing a fine all-round performance from the former Worcestershire all-rounder after he had blunted Bell's impact by strangling the Bears in a mid-innings spell of 3-30 from his 10 overs.

After his recent disappointments in the West Indies, Bell could not have made a better start to an Ashes summer.

Dropped from the Test side after England's second innings collapse for 51 in Jamaica in February, he was also overlooked for the one-day international series.

The way back is to score a pile of runs before the selectors make their delayed announcement of the squad for the first Test against West Indies at Lord's starting on May 6.

And, so far, he could hardly have done more, following up his 172 at Taunton with a controlled innings of 108 from 123 balls.



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