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Somerset wrap up victory on day three

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Somerset got back to winning ways in impressive style by securing a comprehensive victory over the reigning champions inside three days of this LV= Insurance County Championship match at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

The home side dominated the match from start to finish and can enjoy an extended bank holiday weekend after securing a first win of the season by an innings and 82 runs.

It was a sensational return to form for Jason Kerr’s team.

Somerset swiftly took Warwickshire’s last first innings wicket in the morning to secure a first innings lead of 249, then bowled them out for 167 second time round.

Jack Brooks led the way with four for 44, but it was a hugely impressive collective effort with all five bowlers used getting among the wickets and maintaining pressure on the batsmen.

Sam Hain (43) and Will Rhodes (29) added 68 in 30 overs, but it was an isolated show of defiance in an innings in which two wickets fell within five balls on four occasions.

Warwickshire resumed on the third morning on 197 for nine and secured their first batting point in the first over but didn’t get much further. Davey teased a fatal nick from Olly Hannon-Dalby to finish with three for 40.

With the follow on enforced, Somerset’s bowlers were soon back out there with their tails up and reduced Warwickshire’s second innings  to 21 for three in the 16th over. They were backed up by superb catching as Craig Overton took a blinder at third slip to remove Alex Davies off Davey and was then the happy bowler when Dom Sibley edged to Tom Abell at fourth slip. When Rob Yates top-edged a pull at Brooks, Tom Lammonby judged the catch perfectly at mid on.

Hain and Rhodes applied themselves valiantly before perishing in  successive overs in mid-afternoon. Rhodes offered no shot to a ball from Jack Leach which turned sharply into his stumps. Five balls later, Hain lifted a leg-side delivery from Brooks straight to short fine leg where Overton had just been deployed for that very shot.

That plan having worked a treat, Somerset celebrated wildly as Brooks wheeled away to the mid-wicket boundary where he was joined by all his team mates. That got the crowd involved and, fuelled by their encouragement, Brooks added three more wickets in 17 balls. Michael  Burgess and Danny Briggs edged to wicketkeeper Steven Davies and Nathan McAndrew sliced to Matt Renshaw at second slip.

 

The rout was rounded off shortly after tea by another two wickets in five balls. A superb grab at second slip by Renshaw disposed of Craig Miles off Overton then Lamb (40) missed a pull at Leach to end Somerset’s wait for a championship victory.

At the close of play, Somerset Captain, Tom Abell said: “This feels good and the manner of the victory is especially pleasing. It was a pretty complete performance. To bowl them out twice and make 450 is a big achievement. A lot of that was down to Renners and Lammers in that first session. Everyone played their part and I feel like we’re getting our identity back. We were fantastic last week as well and didn’t get the result, but we’re over the moon today.

“When Jack Brooks gets on a role, he’s impossible to stop. He was unbelievable today as was the connection between the players and the crowd. It was amazing to be out there during that period and it was a very special day for us.

“It’s easy to get down when results aren’t going your way, but the unity that we’ve shown has been exactly what we’ve been after and we’re excited for the next few games.”

Ahead of the game, a minute of applause was held to mark NHS celebration day.

NHS staff from across the South West were invited to attend all four days of this match for free.

Over 1200 NHS workers joined us during the game, and representatives of the following NHS Trusts have already confirmed their attendance: South-West Ambulance Service, Taunton Musgrove, Yeovil Hospital, Bath RUH, Royal Devon & Exeter, Weston Super-Mare & Bristol Trust, University Hospital Plymouth, Cornwall CCG, Torbay & South Devon and Devon Partnership Trust.

The Somerset players also warmed up in a special limited edition NHS shirt, which was designed by 12-year-old Tom Clarke in 2020.

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