Rain hinders Somerset's push for victory


Craig Overton and Josh Davey continued to wreak havoc with Gloucestershire’s batting as Somerset were defied by the weather on the third day of the Bob Willis Trophy match at the Cooper Associates Ground.

What little play there was saw the visitors stumble from 14 for three at the start of play to 63 for eight, chasing an unlikely 385 to win.

Overton and Davey ended the day with identical figures of four for 25 when umpires Ian Blackwell and Paul Baldwin deemed the light too poor to continue with a possible five overs remaining.

Heavy overnight rain followed by showers meant no play before tea. When the players finally emerged from the dressing rooms at 4pm, Somerset had a potential 39.4 overs to clinch victory with a day to spare.

But at 5.25pm the rain returned, with Gloucestershire 61 for six, and a further ten overs were lost. When play restarted at 6.05pm, only eight remained in the day.

With three of them bowled and with the floodlights on, the umpires made the ruling on the light to complete a day of intense frustration for Somerset.

Craig Overton had made the first breakthrough of the day, comprehensively beating George Hankins’ defensive shot and uprooting two of his stumps in the first full over to make the score 23 for four.

Ryan Higgins confidently off-drove his first delivery for four and then top-edged a six over third-man off Overton, but soon it was 49 for five as Graeme van Buuren’s loose shot saw him caught behind off Davey.

Gareth Roderick failed to trouble the scorers, carelessly chipping a catch to Eddie Byrom at mid-wicket off Davey and at 49 for six, a three-day finish looked in prospect.

The former Middlesex pairing of Higgins and George Scott survived for eight overs as Jamie Overton and Jack Brooks took up the attack.

After 40 minutes more were lost to rain, Craig Overton struck with the sixth delivery of the resumption, pinning Higgins lbw for 21.

However, soon the light was not considered good enough to continue and Somerset will be praying overnight that there is sufficient play tomorrow to complete a dominant performance.

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