Craig and Tom inspire Somerset to victory on Day Three
Craig Overton showed just why he is one of the most feared bowlers in the country today as Somerset wrapped up victory on day three of this LV= Insurance County Championship match against Leicestershire.
The England all-rounder claimed five for 25, his best Championship figures since 2015, and sent down 10 maidens as Leicestershire were bowled out for 199. He received excellent support from Jack Leach who took three for 43.
The Somerset attack ensured that their batsmen needed just 115 to win, a target that was reached in just 26.5 overs for the loss of only one wicket. Tom Lammonby also answered his early season critics by scoring a fine unbeaten 70 that included 13 fours.
Earlier in the day a fifth-wicket stand of 76 between Lewis Hill and Harry Swindells raised the home side’s hopes of making a game of it after trailing by 85 on first innings. However, Leach denied Hill a half-century and Overton did likewise to Swindells. Leicestershire then lost their last five wickets for 37 runs.
Resuming on 48 for three, Leicestershire lost their fourth wicket to the first ball of the day as Rishi Patel was caught at first slip by James Hildreth driving loosely at Overton for 27. By lunch time the home side had turned an overnight deficit of 37 into a lead of 74 but they had lost Hill three runs short of a fifth consecutive half-century as a flighted delivery from Leach turned, took the edge and gave Lewis Gregory a catch at slip.
Swindells was undone five overs after lunch by a short delivery by Overton, which he could only fend into the gloves of wicketkeeper Steven Davies to be out for 49.
Overton claimed his fifth wicket with a full, straight ball into Callum Parkinson’s pads as Leicestershire teetered at 168 for seven. Ben Mike played nicely for his 37 and his fifth boundary at least took Leicestershire’s lead into three figures.
However, Leach then took two wickets in two balls, Chris Wright groping at one that took the edge before Dieter Klein wastefully lobbed his first delivery straight to mid-on. Mike ultimately perished throwing the bat, caught at deep backward point off Marchant de Lange for 37.
Wright bowled Tom Banton and Tom Abell was dropped at second slip off Mike on six but otherwise it was plain sailing for Somerset, who reached tea at 51 for one from 15 overs.
The visitors completed victory just before ten to five when an increasingly fluent Lammonby on-drove Harry Dearden for his 13th boundary to finish the job.
After the match Craig said: “We felt like we were on top of the game coming into today, but to bowl them out the way we did to give us that winning chase of 115 meant it was a more comfortable win than we probably felt at times.
“I probably haven’t bowled better than that, at least not in the recent past. Sometimes you get into a rhythm as a bowler and today was one of those days and I’d like to have a few more like that this season.
“Jack has bowled well in all three matches without perhaps getting the rewards he deserved. He bowled really well at Lord’s on a pitch that didn’t really spin and he bowled well again today. He showed what a good bowler he is and we’re very lucky to have him.
“I’m delighted for Tom (Lammonby). We know how good a player he is and he showed it today. It will give him a massive confidence boost for the next game too.”
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