Somerset make history in big win

Somerset made history today (Thursday) after beating Cardiff MCCU by 568 runs, the largest ever margin of victory by runs in UK domestic cricket.

The day started with Eddie Byrom scoring his maiden First Class century and ended with a six wicket haul for Craig Overton as Somerset wrapped up a clinical victory.

Somerset started the day on 253 for three with Byrom unbeaten on 59 and Overton not out 52.

The seventh wicket pair added 15 to the overnight total before Overton was out for 58, caught by Prem Sisodiya off the bowling of Dan Douthwaite. Josh Davey then helped Byrom to add 36 to the score before he was out for seven.

Byrom was in fine form and batted with more confidence the longer that he was at the crease and duly went to his maiden First Class century.

When Jack Leach was out for three, Jack Brooks walked to the crease for the first time as a Somerset player to join Byrom. Between them the last wicket pairing added 26 runs before acting captain Lewis Gregory declared the innings on 345 for nine. Byrom was unbeaten on 115 off 159 balls, with 13 fours and a six while Brooks was not out 11.

The pick of the Cardiff bowlers was Sisodiya who took four for 79 off 25 overs, while Douthwaite claimed two for 97 off 21.

Chasing a victory total of 615, the visitors were soon in trouble when Overton had Joe Ludlow caught at fourth slip by Jack Leach with the fourth ball of the innings.

Josh Davey opened the attack from the Somerset Pavilion End and bowled Steve Reingold for seven with his second delivery. Davey struck again with the score on 19 when he claimed the wicket of Lorenzo Machado, leg before wicket, for six.

Wickets then started to tumble as Overton removed Oskar Kolk’s off stump in the next over. He claimed two more wickets in the 13th over to reduce Cardiff to 36 for six from which there was no way back, and shortly after they were all out for 46 in 16 overs.

Overton ended the innings with the impressive figures of six for 24 from his eight overs, while at the other end Davey claimed four for 24 from the same number of overs.

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Afterwards Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “One of the things we’ve been working on is being ruthless in our performances, which is how we have played for these three days.

“Hildy’s first innings hundred and Eddie Byrom getting his first First Class century for the Club was great to see. We’ve also been clinical with the ball in both innings.

“These sorts of games are of huge importance because it’s all about delivering our skills. In these games it’s about controlling what we can control, which we’ve done brilliantly for two and a half days.

“What’s exciting about the squad at the minute is that there is real competition for places. We’ve got a three-day game against Middlesex left to go before we have to pick that final team for Kent and it will be good to have some headaches going into that.”

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