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10 bowlers share 17 five-wicket hauls

2019 was an incredibly successful year for the Somerset bowlers.

Over the three formats, the bowlers claimed 17 five-wicket hauls.

What is even more remarkable is that these 17 five-wicket hauls were shared amongst 10 different players!

CRAIG OVERTON

Craig got his season off to the perfect start.

The England man hit the ground running and claimed an impressive six for 24 in the second innings of the season opening match against Cardiff MCCU at Taunton Vale.

Somerset won the match by 568 runs and Craig finished with match figures of eight for 39.

Craig was also in good form in the Royal London One-Day Cup and his best performance in the competition came in the home tie against Kent Spitfires. The 25-year-old was Somerset’s destroyer in chief on that April day, claiming five for 18 as the visitors were dismissed for just 94 in 27 overs as Somerset won by 264 runs.

Craig claimed another five wickets in the County Championship match against Warwickshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground in May.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat. However, Craig ripped through the Bear’s batsmen and his five for 31 helped to dismiss Warwickshire for just 135.

Somerset went on to win the match by 49 runs with Craig also taking two for 38 in the second innings.

Craig’s fourth five-wicket haul of the season came in Somerset’s 102 run win over Surrey at Guildford.

His five for 38 helped to ensure that Somerset secured a large first innings lead, from which they never looked back.

LEWIS GREGORY

Lewis also claimed four five-fors in 2019, the first of which was against Kent in the Championship opener at the Cooper Associates County Ground. His five for 18 helped to see Somerset over the line by 74 runs.

Lewis went one better in the following Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Somerset won the match by an innings and 14 runs as Lewis claimed six for 68 in the hosts first innings.

The 27-year-old had to wait until June for his next five-for, but in the County Championship match against Kent he claimed the feat in both innings!

He took six for 32 in the first innings and five for 21 in the second innings to finish with match figures of 11 for 53 as Somerset won by 10 wickets.

JACK LEACH

Jack Leach’s summer will be remembered for his Ashes heroics with Ben Stokes, but he also claimed two five wicket hauls for Somerset.

The first came in Somerset’s innings victory at Trent Bridge where he claimed six for 36 with the second coming at the Cooper Associates County Ground as Somerset agonisingly missed out on the County Championship title in the decider against Essex.

His five for 32 wasn’t quite enough to see Somerset over the line, but it capped another fine performance for the Somerset and England spinner.

 

AZHAR ALI

The Pakistan Test Captain is better know for his batting, but it was his bowling that came to the fore in the Royal London One-Day Cup play off at Worcestershire.

With a semi-final spot against Notts Outlaws up for the grabs, Azhar Ali claimed an impressive five for 34 as Somerset came out on top by 147 runs. The rest is history!

JACK BROOKS

Jack Brooks arrived from Yorkshire with a wealth of experience and he added his name to the Somerset Honours Board in his first season by claiming five wickets in Somerset’s 102 run win over Surrey at Guildford.

His five for 33 was one of the main contributing factors in Somerset dismissing their hosts for just 164 in their second innings.

TIM GROENEWALD

Tim Groenewald proved himself to be one of Somerset’s most consistent performers in his time at the Club and he claimed his final five wicket haul for Somerset against Essex at the CloudFM County Ground in June.

His five for 51 helped to dismiss the hosts for 183 in their second innings. Unfortunately, it wasn’t quite enough to prevent Somerset from slipping to defeat against their closest rivals for the Championship crown.

DOM BESS

Dom took five wickets in Somerset’s impressive 132 run victory over Nottinghamshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground in July.

The England spinner claimed five for 59 in the visitors first innings as Notts were dismissed for 241. The victory was vital as Somerset kept the pressure on Essex at the top of the County Championship table.

JAMIE OVERTON

Jamie took a liking to the Hampshire batsmen in 2019. He claimed the Man of the Match award in the Royal London One-Day Cup victory over the team from the Ageas Bowl and claimed a five-for against the same opposition in the County Championship.

His five for 70 at Taunton helped to ensure that Somerset claimed a useful first innings lead and went on to win the game by 313 runs.

ROELOF VAN DER MERWE

Roelof became the fifth Somerset player to claim five wickets in a T20 match when he took five for 32 against Essex Eagles in the Vitality Blast at Chelmsford.

Somerset went on to win the match by an impressive 114 runs.

JOSH DAVEY

Scotland International Josh was once again an impressive performer with the ball for Somerset in 2019.

He played an integral part in Somerset’s Royal London One-Day Cup triumph and also claimed a career best five for 21 in Somerset’s exceptional 298 run victory over Yorkshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground in September. He finished with match figures of eight for 51.

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