2018 Magic Moments

Today we continue our look back at the 2018 season by highlighting some of our numerous magic moments.

2018 was a good year for Somerset spinners on the International stage.

Dom Bess Maiden Test Wicket

Dom Bess made his Test debut at Lord’s against Pakistan and made 57 in England’s second innings. He went on to claim his first Test wicket when he dismissed Imam-ul-Haq for 34 in Pakistan’s second innings during the second Test at Headingley. He finished the match with three for 33.

Jack Leach 5 Wicket Haul for England

Jack Leach was also in fine form for England and claimed his first five-wicket haul for the Three Lions when he took five for 83 in the second Test against Sri Lanka at Kandy. He finished the series with 18 wickets at an average of 21.38.

Jack Leach Career-best Figures

Jack was also in fine form in domestic cricket and claimed a career best eight for 85 against Essex in the Specsavers County Championship at the Cooper Associates County Ground. He finished the match with figures of 10 for 112.

James Hildreth 159 vs Glamorgan

It wasn’t just the Somerset spinners who impressed in 2018.

James Hildreth had yet another fine season and scored his highest ever List A score of 159 in Somerset’s 83 run win over Glamorgan in the Royal London One-Day Cup. His runs came from just 125 balls.

Johann Myburgh T20 Century

Johann Myburgh also impressed for the County in what was to be his final season for Somerset. The fan favourite hit one of the hundreds of the season when he smashed his way to 103 not out from just 44 balls as Somerset beat Essex Eagles by 10 wickets in the Vitality Blast.

Jamie Overton 2 Stunning Catches

Our next magic moments also came in the Vitality Blast. Jamie Overton was outstanding for Somerset in the competition in 2018 and his fielding really caught the eye. He also took two stunning catches. His athleticism in the Vitality Blast clash against Middlesex to remove Paul Sterling on the boundary was world class. His catch at Kent soon after was equally impressive.

Jerome Taylor 5 Wicket Haul vs Hampshire

We stay with the Vitality Blast for our next moment.

Jerome Taylor played a huge part in Somerset’s success in T20 cricket this year and he also became only the third player in the Club’s history to take five wickets in a T20 match when his five for 15 helped Somerset to a 16 run win over Hampshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Somerset’s Record Run-Chase

In this season’s Royal London One-Day Cup a fine century from Peter Trego helped Somerset to a record run chase at the Ageas Bowl as they overcame Hampshire. Peter smashed 100 from 101 balls after Somerset were set a huge total of 357 for victory.

Matt Renshaw Century vs Yorkshire

Matt Renshaw made an instant impact by scoring a century on his Specsavers County Championship debut against Worcestershire. He followed that up by scoring another in his second match against Yorkshire. The Australian made 112 from 99 balls. What was even more remarkable was that he got off the mark with a six, reached 50 with a six and went to 100 also with a six.

2 Hattricks vs Nottinghamshire

Hat-tricks are rare in cricket so two in the same match are unheard of!

However, that is exactly what happened when Somerset beat Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Tom Abell removed Luke Fletcher, Matt Carter and Harry Gurney with consecutive deliveries, all to slip catches, as Notts were bowled out for 133 in their first innings.

Just one day later Craig Overton also picked up a hat-trick as Somerset rounded off an impressive season with an innings victory.

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