Somerset in control after day two
Somerset’s batsmen picked up where their bowlers left off on day two of this LV= Insurance County Championship match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.
A dominant display with the ball yesterday was matched by the batsmen today as Somerset took control of this game.
Craig Overton, the leading wicket-taker in the competition, once again caught the eye as he demonstrated his batting credentials by top-scoring with 74. Not content with that, he then starred with the ball as his side opened up a 165-run lead as Hampshire closed on 92 for three.
Overton hit 10 fours on his way to his 13th First Class 50, before he removed opener Ian Holland, Tom Alsop and nightwatchman Kyle Abbott during a hostile spell of bowling late in the final session.
Alsop and Weatherley had dug in for a 56-run stand before the left-hander fell for 32 five overs from the close when he lobbed an easy catch to Josh Davey. Overton struck again in the penultimate over of the evening when he trapped Abbot lbw for a duck for his 30th wicket of the campaign.
Weatherley was unbeaten on 31 alongside new batsman Sam Northeast, with the pair to resume their innings at some stage on Saturday with heavy rain forecast in Southampton.
Somerset started the day on 142-5 and added another 47 to their total before skipper Tom Abell’s stubborn innings was ended on 62 by a ball that nipped back into the top of his off-stump from Abbott. Nightwatchman Jack Leach made an entertaining 34, but the England spinner perished after trying to lift Keith Barker over the slips cordon only to find the hands of Liam Dawson.
Somerset’s deep batting line-up then proved its worth as 143 runs were put on for the last three wickets, spearheaded by Overton who was ably supported by Steve Davies and Lewis Gregory, who each scored 33 as Somerset built up a handsome 257-run lead after recovering from 36-3 to be 336 all out.
Left-arm veteran Barker was the pick of the home bowlers finishing with four for 67 alongside South African quick Abbott who took three wickets.
After another impressive display with bat and ball, Overton said: “I feel I’m still not quite at the top of my game as there are still parts of it that I’m working on. I think as a cricketer you always want to improve yourself and that’s what I’m doing. But, overall I’m pretty happy with where I am.
“Being in the Test team is the aim, every cricketer wants that. I have played in four Tests and hopefully if I keep doing what I am doing you never know what can happen.”
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