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Jamie and Josh put Somerset on top on day two

Jamie Overton and Josh Davey shared eight wickets to give Somerset the upper hand despite staunch resistance from Luke Wood and the Worcestershire lower order on day two of the Specsavers County Championship match at Blackfinch New Road.

Jamie Overton picked up his first Championship wickets of 2018 on his way to figures of four for 61 from 15 overs and bowled with considerable pace.

He has gradually been built up to full match fitness via playing in the Royal London One-Day Cup and Vitality Blast and impressed in his second Championship game of 2018.

Jamie was well supported by Davey (four for 68) as Worcestershire were dismissed for 257 in their first innings – a deficit of 80.

Somerset openers Marcus Trescothick and Eddie Byrom then extended their overall advantage to 127 by the close in reaching 47 without loss.

Their position would be even stronger but for the efforts of Wood who is on loan to Worcestershire for a month from Nottinghamshire.

The paceman came to the wicket at 120 for seven and featured in crucial partnerships of 46 with Ross Whiteley and 84 with Dillon Pennington.

Wood ended unbeaten on 65 from 77 deliveries and struck 10 boundaries. His efforts not only enabled the home side to avoid the possibility of being asked to follow on but also secured two batting points.

However, Worcestershire will still need a major turnaround in the overall trend of the opening half of the match if they are to stave off the threat of a fifth defeat in eight Championship matches.

Somerset had resumed on 324 for nine and added 13 more runs before Jack Leach edged Ed Barnard to first slip.

Worcestershire quickly ran into trouble when they launched their reply with the quickfire dismissal of openers Travis Head and Daryl Mitchell.

Head (2) pushed forward to Davey and edged to Craig Overton at third slip and Mitchell (5) flicked at a Craig Overton delivery and was caught down the legside by Steven Davies. Joe Clarke (16) then surrendered his wicket in a tame manner when he clipped Josh Davey straight to mid wicket.

Moeen Ali’s innings was a mixture of class shots and being given a searching examination by Jamie Overton and after making 30 he drove loosely at the paceman and nicked through to Davies. Skipper Brett D’Oliveira (22) was then trapped lbw by the same bowler in the last over before lunch.

Worcestershire continued to lose wickets at regular intervals until Wood and Whiteley played with freedom in putting on 46 in six overs before the latter on 26 was bowled by the returning Jamie Overton.

His dismissal brought in Pennington but the innings finally ended when he was bowled by Jamie Overton for 37 and then Steve Magoffin (1) popped a Davey delivery up on the on side.

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At the close of play Jamie Overton said: “We feel like we are in a great position and hopefully we can push on tomorrow, get 300-350 ahead and bowl them out on the last day.

“I loved it. It was my first red ball game all year. I played in the pink ball game and didn’t seem to get a lot out of that. It was nice to finally get a red ball in my hand and bowl nicely.

“Is that the best I’ve bowled this season? Yes, comfortably. There’s been times when I’ve bowled nearly as well as that, especially in a couple of second team games.

“I felt like today was a turning point. It was one of those days where I went with the flow and the ball came out really nicely. It was quite hot out there and fair play to Dillon (Pennington) and Luke Wood. They both played really well. We probably let them get a few more runs than we would have liked, but if we had said at the start of the day that we would bowl them out for a lead of 80 runs, then we would have been happy.”

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