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Somerset wrap up win on day four

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Somerset wrapped up an impressive win on the final day of this LV= Insurance County Championship match against Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Despite the loss of the majority of the third day due to poor weather, the team from the West Country kept their dreams of a first ever County Championship title alive with a comprehensive 10-wicket victory.

It was another excellent display from Somerset, but it was Craig Overton who once again caught the eye.

The England paceman, who is the top wicket-taker in the country, took five for 66 from a mammoth 40 overs as Hampshire were dismissed for 258, putting himself firmly in contention for selection for next month’s Test series against New Zealand.

Overton was also the top scorer in the match with 74 on Friday and finished with overall figures of seven for 82, with Josh Davey also playing a significant role in the triumph by taking five for 30 on the final day.

Although the hosts batted with much more stubbornness to pass 200 for the first time in four innings, their pitiful day one effort of 79 all out left them with too much do against their in-form opponents.

The visitors looked set to wrap up the win just after lunch when Lewis McManus departed for 17 only for Keith Barker and Felix Organ to frustrate their hosts with a two-hour stay at the crease.

Organ batted with discipline and determination to score just seven runs from 108 balls before falling to a diving catch by the irrepressible Overton off Davey.

Mohammad Abass was the last man out leaving Barker unbeaten on 52 before Eddie Byrom knocked off the two runs needed for the win with rain beginning to fall and the light fading.

Hampshire started the day trailing by 147 runs after rain washed out all but nine overs on Saturday, and frustrated Somerset for almost an hour with Joe Weatherley and skipper James Vince scoring just 20 runs in the first 13 overs against some tight bowling.

Davey finally got the breakthrough when he found the outside edge of Weatherley’s bat and Steve Davies took a sharp catch behind the stumps to end the opener’s dogged innings of 44 from 209 balls.

The Scotland international struck again in his next over as Liam Dawson was trapped lbw to pick up only the second pair of his career.

It was Overton who grabbed the vital wicket of Vince just after lunch when Davies took another fine catch to dismiss him for 42 which firmly put his side on course to an excellent win ahead of next week’s clash with Surrey.

Somerset take 22 points from the match with Hampshire claiming three points.

At the end of the match, Somerset Captain, Tom Abell was full of praise for Overton.

“He is bowling as well as I have ever seen him bowl,” he said. “He is some cricketer. He has become a real leader in the side and I guess he’s recognising that he wants to win games for us and is such a big part of this team.

“It’s not just his bowling, it’s how he is in the field and with the bat. The way he is bowling is phenomenal though. He is bowling with good pace, great skill and great energy from his first over until his last over. I cannot speak highly enough of him.”

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