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Somerset complete convincing victory

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Craig Overton and Jack Brooks claimed the two wickets that Somerset needed today to wrap up a comprehensive 314-run Bob Willis Trophy win over Gloucestershire at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

After a delayed start, the hosts needed just 15 minutes to claim their opponents’ last two wickets and move to the top of the Central Group.

The hosts took 20 points to increase hopes of reaching the Lord’s final, while Gloucestershire had to settle for three, having been comprehensively outplayed.

Play began at 1.45pm due to heavy overnight rain as Brooks sent down the five balls that were remaining from the over he started last night.

Somerset skipper Tom Abell then threw the ball to Overton, who struck with his third ball of the day from the River End to finish with figures of five for 26.

Josh Shaw (0)  failed to keep down a rising leg-side delivery and George Bartlett dived forward to take a good low catch at mid-wicket.

With the sun shining after all the rain of the previous two days, Somerset closed in on a quick finish.

It came in the next over, bowled by Brooks, when Tom Lammonby clung to a sharp catch above his head at backward point to dismiss Matt Taylor for three.

Somerset have now won three out of four Bob Willis Trophy games and it would almost certainly have been four had bad weather not prevented victory over Warwickshire in their previous game.

The seam attack looks as good as any in the competition and they will go into their final match against Worcestershire at New Road in confident mood.

At the end of the game Somerset Captain, Tom Abell said: “It’s a big relief to have got over the line after all the rain, particularly as we felt we were denied the result we deserved in our previous game.

“The cricket we are playing at the moment is fantastic and now we go to Worcestershire for our final group match determined to maintain those standards. It has looked for a while as if that game would decide the group and we can go into it with confidence.”

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