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Hampshire wrap up win on day three

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Mohammed Abbas claimed four wickets as Hampshire secured victory by an innings and 113 runs on day three of this LV= Insurance County Championship match against Somerset at the Ageas Bowl.

James Fuller also impressed, taking three quick-fire wickets in his opening spell, before Pakistan international Abbas accounted for the Somerset middle-order to collect four for 22.

Hampshire missed out on only a single bonus point to score 23 points as they claimed only their second innings victory over Somerset – who received a single point from the match after being bowled out for 180 and 135 – since 1957.

The hosts knew 10 wickets would likely be enough to taste victory on day three, but a solid opening hour between Ben Green and Tom Lammonby gave the suggestion a tough day’s graft was in order.

The opening pair put on 50 in considered style, on a pitch proved placid by Hampshire’s 428, before Fuller entered the attack to take three wickets in 22 balls.

Green was bowled through the gate, skipper Tom Abell was trapped in front trying to work to the legside and Tom Lammonby turned a short ball behind.

Kyle Abbott returned for his second spell of the day, only to be flayed for 12 runs in an over by Lewis Goldsworthy, before starting the next over with a James Hildreth boundary. The South African therefore celebrated with a predictable send-off when he pegged the first-innings half-century maker’s off stump back.

Post-lunch, Hampshire ran rampant and with little restraint. Abbas was Somerset’s main punisher as he had Steven Davies edge to second slip to the first ball on resumption, castled Roelof van der Merwe and found Peter Siddle defending into the cordon.

Barker had Goldsworthy squared up and deflecting to first slip before the left-arm seamer turned catcher at short third man as Ned Leonard failed with a slog against Dawson’s spin.

Abbas returned again to send Marchant de Lange’s off stump for a tumble and secure the victory at 2:40pm.

Somerset’s performance must be put in some context. Seven players were already made unavailable before travelling to Southampton before George Bartlett succumbed to a shoulder injury the day before the game and Jack Brooks woke up with an illness.

The good news is their season starts for real against Essex next week, with the majority of their absentees set to return.

At the close of play, Somerset Captain, Tom Abell said: “It is very disappointing. Coming here we were in a pretty optimistic mood, particularly with how pre-season had gone. We expect more from ourselves, particularly with the bat where we haven’t given a good account of ourselves.

“They are a world-class attack and we didn’t have the answers. The most disappointing thing is that we haven’t shown enough backbone or fight.

“The opening partnership was a positive, but coming in after that we let them down after their hard work. We lost wickets in clusters and we need to be better at starting our innings and show a bit more fight in the middle.

“We need to try not to panic. This is a game where we have been disappointing but I think it is more the mental aspect of the game. I did see strides amongst the group and we mustn’t catastrophise things ahead of a big game against Essex next week. We start our season next week now.”

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