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Worcestershire win by 5 wickets

Worcs vs Somerset

Freinds Life t20: Worcestershire chase down 188 to stun Somerset at New Road

Andre Russell: Smashed 77 not out to see Worcestershire home

Craig Kieswetter: Struck 80 off 56 balls in a losing cause

Worcestershire left Somerset's hopes of reaching the quarter-finals of the Friends Life t20 hanging by a thread after an Andre Russell-inspired five-wicket victory at New Road on Saturday.

West Indies all-rounder Russell proved his worth as the club's overseas recruit with a breathtaking innings of 77 not out from just 42 balls to help Worcestershire chase down 188-4 in the final over.

Russell shared an 88-run partnership with Worcestershire debutant Ross Whiteley (43 off 30) before hitting the winning runs with two balls to spare.

Worcestershire moved off the bottom of the Midlands/Wales/West Division with the win, however Somerset must beat Warwickshire in their final group match on Monday to be guaranteed of a place in the knockout stages.

Somerset looked all-but assured of a place in the last eight at the halfway stage of the match after Craig Kieswetter (80 off 56) and Peter Trego (62 from 31) had both cracked half-centuries to propel the visitors up to 188-4.

Moeen Ali and Jack Leach then departed early in the run-chase and it was only when Russell arrived at the crease with the Royals floundering on 53-3 that the momentum of the match shifted.

The powerful West Indian struck five sixes to reach his 50 off only 27 balls, finding an able ally in former Derbyshire all-rounder Whiteley.

The pair took the Royals to within 18 runs of victory and Russell kept his cool when Whiteley fell for 43 to finish the job with a boundary off Craig Meschede in the final over.

Match Details

Date
27th Jul 2013
Toss
Worcestershire won the toss and elected to bowl.
Venue
New Road, Worcester
Umpires
M R Benson, M J Saggers
TV Umpire
S J O'Shaughnessy

worcs BATTING CARD

Batsman R
A.N. Kervezee run out (Trego) 32
M.M. Ali b Arafat 7
J. Leach b Thomas 3
D.K.H. Mitchell lbw Dockrell 23
A.D. Russell Not out 77
R.A. Whiteley c Jones b Arafat 43
G.M. Andrew Not out 2
Extras 2w, 2lb 4
Total 19.4 Overs 191 - 5
Full Batting Card

somerset BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
P.D. Trego 3 0 41 0
Y.A. Arafat 4 0 29 2
A.C. Thomas 4 0 29 1
G.H. Dockrell 1 0 15 1
M.T.C. Waller 4 0 38 0
C.A.J. Meschede 3.4 0 37 0
Full Bowling Card