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Day 1, Tea Time Report:
Somerset fast bowler Jamie Overton’s five wicket haul sparked an extraordinary collapse by Hampshire – who were bowled out for 219
At one point the home side lost six wickets for 11 runs with Overton the chief tormentor as he ended with figures of five for 42.
Overton started his streak when Michael Carberry was well caught by mid-wicket, before Sean Ervine was caught behind and Lewis McManus was comprehensively castled.
Gareth Berg and Mason Crane completed the five-for both leg before brother Craig picked up the final wicket when Tino Best slogged to mid-on Chris Rogers.
Earlier in the session fifty maker Jimmy Adams was brilliantly caught in the slips by Marcus Trescothick and Jim Allenby saw off Tom Alsop and Liam Dawson.
Hampshire lost nine wickets in the session and collapsed from 166 for two to 200 all out.
Day 1, Lunch Time Report:
Hampshire batsman Jimmy Adams scored his third fifty of the season, as the hosts enjoyed the opening morning session at the Ageas Bowl.
Adams, who scored a century for the second team this week, offered a chanceless 85-ball half century – brought up with a fine cut to backward point boundary.
Hampshire had won the toss and batted, and Adams was brilliantly assisted by Will Smith, who was boosted up the order to form the third different opening partnership of the season.
Smith reached 32 seamlessly before edging Craig Overton to Lewis Gregory at second slip soon before lunch.
Tom Alsop offered hope of another good session after the interval with an impressive 16 ball cameo – which included a pair of stunning boundaries.
Day 1: Match Preview
Somerset return to red ball cricket tomorrow (Sunday) when they face Hampshire in the Specsavers County Championship at the Ageas Bowl starting at 11am.
Somerset currently occupy fifth place in the Division One table with 80 points from their seven matches while their hosts are eighth position with 50 points from one game less.
Chris Rogers and his team go into the match on the back of a dramatic one wicket victory over Surrey in their previous Championship match, while Hampshire lost to Middlesex by 116 runs in their last outing.
Tim Groenewald celebrates Somerset’s dramatic win over Surrey
Reflecting on the season so far the Somerset captain said: “I think that where we sit in the table is probably about right for the way that we have played so far. We have had some really good moments but also we have had to fight really hard and probably been on the wrong side in a couple of the games. What has been really pleasing to me is that we haven’t lost yet in the Specsavers County Championship and we are playing fighting cricket. When we have got in front we have played some good cricket, but there is still a little bit of work to be done and there is room for some improvement.”
Regarding his own form Chris said: “I have had a couple of good moments and I think I have played okay, but I have got some room to improve as well.”
Chris added: “I’m really looking forward to going to Hampshire where we will be looking to keep moving up the table and if we play well then there is a good chance we will keep doing that.”
Somerset will be without the injured Tom Abell and have named the following squad for the match: Chris Rogers (c), Marcus Trescothick, Johann Myburgh, James Hildreth, Jim Allenby, Peter Trego, Lewis Gregory, Ryan Davies (wk), Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Tim Groenewald, Jack Leach.