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Five for Jamie as Somerset defeat Glamorgan

Jamie Overton claimed an impressive five-wicket haul as Somerset clinched victory before lunch on the final day of this Bob Willis Trophy match against Glamorgan at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

His five for 48 this morning helped Somerset complete a 289-run win as the home side took 21 points to Glamorgan’s three.

Craig Overton also caught the eye once again and finished with two for 31 and match figures of seven for 69 as the visitors’ five remaining wickets fell for 40 runs in 70 minutes.

Chris Cooke’s battling innings took him from 67 not out overnight to 82 before Jamie Overton had the Glamorgan captain caught at first slip by James Hildreth, having faced 138 balls and hit 10 fours.

Overcast conditions and a pitch that was still responsive to quality pace bowling and the Overton twins set about finishing their opponents off.

The first wicket fell after 15 minutes when Graham Wagg chased a short, wide ball from Jamie Overton and edged a catch to wicketkeeper Steve Davies.

What little hope Glamorgan had left disappeared when the same bowler, operating from the River End, produced a fine delivery to end Cooke’s stubborn resistance.

At 153 for seven, Ruaidhri Smith walked out with a runner for the second time in the game, determined to contribute despite the hamstring injury he suffered while bowling in Somerset’s first innings.

However, he could make only three before getting a leading edge to Josh Davey, who had replaced Craig Overton, and lobbing a simple catch to Roelof van der Merwe at mid-wicket.

Jamie Overton produced some unplayable deliveries in a hugely impressive spell of 7.2 overs, which yielded three for 16. He claimed his fifth wicket of the innings with a perfect swinging yorker, which defeated Kieran Bull’s attempt to clamp down on the ball, and sent his off stump flying.

He even had a hand, literally, in finishing the match as he dived to his left to hold a slip chance offered by Michael Hogan off Jack Brooks which was the last of the action.

After the match, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “I’m really proud of all the guys. We had a really good build up, but we were up against it for a while in that first innings. Steve Davies and Jack Brooks then batted brilliantly to get us to where we were. The bowling unit was absolutely superb and it was great to see Tom Abell get a century. Although there were some excellent individual performances, I thought the team as a whole were outstanding.

“We pride ourselves on being relentless with the ball and for having the kind of resilience that Steve Davies and Jack Brooks showed with the bat. We were up against it but at no point did we panic and that just shows the character that we have in the squad.

“Ahead of the next match against Northamptonshire we will just carry on concentrating on what we do and challenging ourselves to improve. We then have to execute that on the field. We look to win every game that we play in so we’ll put in the work this week and make sure that we’re ready for the weekend.”

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