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Steve and Jamie Score Centuries To Leave Warwickshire On The Brink

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Jamie Overton’s explosive maiden century was the spectacular centrepiece as Somerset steamrollered towards a huge win over Warwickshire on the third day of their Bob Willis Trophy match at Edgbaston.

After number ten Overton’s violent 120 (92 balls, 15 fours, six sixes), along with Steven Davies’ accomplished ton (123 not out, 182 balls, 16 fours) lifted Somerset to 413 for nine declared, a lead of 292, they had the brittle Bears in disarray at 104 for six second time round.

Had bad light and rain not lopped off the last 20 overs, victory would probably have arrived inside three weather-affected days.

Somerset have dominated the whole match but their command hit overdrive on the third day. After resuming on 214 for six, they soon lost Lewis Gregory, who skied Tim Bresnan to mid-off, and Roelof ven der Merwe, who edged Olly Hannon-Dalby behind, but from that moment on there was only punishment for the home side.

Davies and Overton came together at 226 for eight and turned a handy lead into a crushing one with a stand of 180 in 29 overs – a Somerset ninth-wicket record against Warwickshire.

Davies completed his 25th first class century from 150 balls. Overton reached his 50 from 50, charged to 80 at lunch and then accelerated his maiden ton, from 84 balls, in his 98th first class innings.

He finally fell to the admirably persevering Bresnan and 16 balls later the declaration arrived. The lack of depth in a home attack without the injured Olly Stone and Liam Norwell, and Chris Woakes on England duty, had been ruthlessly exposed. Former Yorkshire pair Bresnan and Hannon-Dalby took four for 99 and four for 104 respectively but the rest returned a combined one for 207.

Requiring 292 to avoid an innings defeat, Warwickshire started badly when Rob Yates was bowled, having left a straight ball from Jack Davey. Sam Hain and Ian Bell, two batsmen of high ability but currently very low of confidence, continued their unproductive sequences as Hain edged Jamie Overton’s third ball to first slip and Bell nicked Gregory to wicketkeeper Davies.

From 54 for three at tea, the Bears trouble soon deepened further. It was 58 for five after Michael Burgess and Bresnan perished to successive balls from Davey, caught at cover and first slip respectively.

Captain Will Rhodes showed some defiance but, having watched five partners depart, himself departed (41, 117 balls, five fours) when he was cramped in an attempt to pull a ball from Gregory and fired back a return catch.

That was 104 for six and, with Matt Lamb in severe discomfort from a cracked big toe so unlikely to bat, Somerset sensed a three-day win, but then the light closed and rain followed, leaving the home side to pray for a monsoon tomorrow.

Somerset all-rounder Jamie Overton said: “It was good fun. I have spent quite a lot of time with Steve Davies so it was nice for him to be out there when I got my first century. I have felt good in the last couple of weeks. I got my previous career-best last week against Northants and have found a method that is working for me at the moment and I am sticking with it. I’m riding my luck at times but I think you need a bit of luck now and then.

“It was good to put on that partnership and get some batting points because we haven’t got all the batting points we would have liked from the first two games. We wanted a good lead, knowing the batting that Warwickshire have got, so we wanted to bat them out of the game completely.

“The weather has not been great but hopefully we have still got 90 overs tomorrow if the weather is clear so we have plenty of time to bowl them out. It was amazing to get six wickets tonight and we pride ourselves on our bowling. We feel like we can bowl most sides out. Whatever time we get tomorrow we’ll feel confident we can get the wickets.”

Warwickshire captain Will Rhodes said: “We knew what approach their tail would take and it came off for them. It’s never nice to be on the receiving end but credit to Jamie Overton, he struck it cleanly. He came out and swung from ball one like Liam Norwell did for us against Morne Morkel last year. We were singing Liam’s praises so fair play to Jamie – sometimes you have just got to give credit to the batters.

“We have not had the rub of the green at times but in difficult situations we have not been good enough. A couple of decisions haven’t gone our way but we have got to be better in all aspects.

“That is the third 40 I’ve got in five innings and it was disappointing to again get through the hard stuff but then not go on, especially getting out just a couple of balls before the rain came.

“Matt Lamb wants to bat. We all know what Lamby’s attitude is and I’m sure he’ll try to strap the pads on and hobble out there if he can, but we’ll have to see.”

 

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