Somerset wrap up victory over Warwickshire

Somerset wrapped up a 169-run victory over Warwickshire at Edgbaston to give a huge boost to their bid for Specsavers County Championship Division One survival.

Chasing 402 for victory, the home side were bowled out for 232 to suffer their seventh defeat in 11 championship games and one which effectively seals their relegation after nine seasons in the top flight.

Somerset, meanwhile, will face Lancashire at the Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton, next week with momentum high as they strive to reel in one of the sides above them over the final three games.

Somerset’s march towards victory on the final day was delayed by rain which prevented play before lunch, with the loss of 21 overs, but then, much to the visitors relief, the sun came out.

After Warwickshire resumed at 12.30pm on 172 for six they added just 12 before Craig Overton nipped one back inside Tim Ambrose’s defence to dismiss him lbw for 21.

Jeetan Patel and Chris Wright added 35 before the latter was bowled by a swinging yorker from Tim Groenewald – although the spinners enjoyed themselves in this match on a turning track it was perhaps the work of Somerset seamers Groenewald and Overton that was most impressive.

Former Warwickshire player Groenewald completed a well-deserved five-for (ending with five for 58) when Patel (42, 71 balls, six fours) lifted to point and Dom Bess completed the most emphatic of victories when he knocked out Sunny Singh’s off-stump.

Somerset director of cricket Matt Maynard said after: “It was a very good team performance. To get 280 in the first innings was a great effort, led by Hildreth and Abell, I was delighted by that, and then similarly the way the seamers came into the match as the game wore on.

“Craig Overton’s intensity with the ball in the first innings was high class. It set a real good tone for the whole of that innings and put the Warwickshire players under a lot of pressure. Our seamers bowled really well and gave the batsmen no easy leaves and, if there was anything in the wicket, they found it and made life very uncomfortable.

“So now it’s Lancashire at home, then Surrey away and Middlesex at home, so it’s two out of three at home and our spinners are bowling well and getting into a good rhythm and I’m sure it will turn at The Oval too so we’ve given ourselves a chance and that’s what we wanted to do.”

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