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Craig grabs hat trick as Somerset finish season in style

Craig Overton picked up a hat-trick as Somerset rounded off an impressive season with an innings victory over Nottinghamshire in the final Specsavers County Championship match at the season.

Overton’s feat came just a day after his captain Tom Abell had picked up a hat-trick in Nottinghamshire’s first innings.

The home side had begun the third day at Trent Bridge on 115 for three but within 10 minutes had been reduced to 119 for six, thanks to the England international’s three-in-three burst.

Notts rallied but were unable to survive the opening session, being bowled out before lunch for 184, leaving the west country side to celebrate victory by an innings and 146 runs.

Left-hander Ben Slater, who had passed 1,000 First Class runs for the season during the earlier part of his innings, nicked the ninth ball of the day to Marcus Trescothick at second slip for 49.

The next two deliveries were identical to each other, as right-handers Samit Patel and Riki Wessels both edged into the waiting hands of Trescothick – who became the first outfielder since GJ Thompson of Northants in 1914 to take three consecutive catches.

For Craig Overton it was a second first class hat-trick, after his exploits for MCC against champion county Middlesex in Abu Dhabi last year.

Notts, who knew they were already safe from the drop into Division Two, showed some fight as Ben Duckett and Tom Moores resisted for almost an hour before the former Northants’ man was out lbw to Lewis Gregory, who then had Luke Wood caught behind for four.

Josh Davey, who took three for 20, completed the formalities. He had Moores caught behind for a dogged 17 and then pinned Matt Carter lbw for 22.

After the match Somerset Director of Cricket, Andy Hurry said: “We’re obviously disappointed not to have won any silverware but the team has made real progress over the course of the season. If we can bring some of the younger players on over the winter then I think we’ve got what it takes to go one better in the County Championship.”

After taking his hat trick Craig Overton said: “Obviously it was my first over and I sent down a couple of looseners, then it came out alright and I got going with the first one.

“The one to the left-hander (Slater) swung a bit and nipped away. Then it was the right-handers (Patel and Wessels). I always enjoy bowling to right-handers if it’s swinging. The one to Riki bounced a little bit and caught the top of the bat on it’s way to Tres. Then I was away on a long run to celebrate!”

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