Kartik spins Somerset home
Indian spinner shines to set up easy victory target
Last Updated: 26/05/10 8:57pm
Kartik: six-wicket haul
Somerset completed a comprehensive nine-wicket victory over Warwickshire in the LV= County Championship with Murali Kartik taking centre stage with the ball at Taunton.
The Indian spinner finished with second innings figures of 6-61, taking five day-three wickets to ensure Somerset were left with an easy victory target of just 45.
Resuming on 111-3, still 52 runs short of making their opponents bat again, Warwickshire crumbled to 207 all out as Kartik rattled through their middle and lower order.
He was aided by some pretty indifferent shot selection from the remaining recognised Warwickshire batsmen, Jim Troughton and Rikki Clarke both trapped leg before after trying to pull and sweep the left-armer respectively.
Tim Ambrose was caught at second slip by Zander de Bruyn aiming an expansive drive at Kartik and when Chris Woakes and Ant Botha followed the Indian had five victims for the morning.
The game would have been over before lunch had it not been for a ninth-wicket
stand of 20 between Imran Tahir (23) and Boyd Rankin (12), but the home fans did not have to wait much longer with Charl Willoughby bowling Rankin in the first over after the interval to wrap up the innings.
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.
But they eased home in the 11th over to collect 21 points, while their opponents had to settle for just three.
A chanceless century from James Hildreth at Taunton put Somerset into a strong position against Warwickshire, who will begin Wednesday morning 52 runs behind with seven second innings wickets remaining.
Hildreth, who was on 35 overnight, moved impressively to a third Championship century of the season that came off 169 balls and included 12 fours.
Alfonso Thomas helped to add 50 runs for the eighth wicket before Hildreth was eventually dismissed on 131, when he top edged Boyd Rankin to long leg. During his innings Hildreth faced 198 balls and hit 17 fours.
Andrew Miller was the pick of the Warwickshire attack, ending with five for 72 off his 22 overs, eight of which were maidens, while Darren Maddy ended with two for 24 off his 14.
Maddy then made an important 61 before he was leg before to Murali Kartik, his runs coming off 105 balls and including eight fours.
Six balls later with the score still on 99, Craig Kieswetter took a sharp chance off Varun Chopra standing up to Ben Phillips.
Somerset paceman Alfonso Thomas took 5-41 as Warwickshire were skittled for 127 in 47.3 overs after being sent in on an unusually green pitch at Taunton.
Varun Chopra's 45 was the top score as the Bears - shorn of England duo Ian Bell and Jonathan Trott - lost their last nine wickets for 64, having been 63-1 at one stage on the opening morning.
Thomas, whose haul included four in the space of 23 balls before lunch, was well supported by fellow seamers Charl Willoughby (3-51) and Ben Phillips (2-25).
The Cidermen reached stumps at 145-3 in reply, a lead of 18, mainly thanks to an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 67 between Arul Suppiah (61no) and James Hildreth (35no).