Stunning win for Somerset on day three

Somerset moved to the top of the Specsavers County Championship table after a crushing 298-run victory over Yorkshire inside three days at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Set an unlikely 426 to win, the visitors were bowled out for just 127 as Josh Davey claimed five for 21 from 11.2 overs.

Somerset had earlier built on an overnight second innings score of 269 for five before being dismissed for 329, George Bartlett making 47, Roelof van der Merwe 30 and Jamie Overton 18, including 2 two towering sixes.

Keshav Maharaj returned five for 122 for match figures of 10 for 176 to become Yorkshire’s leading Championship wicket-taker this season with 38 in only five appearances.

Somerset took 19 points from the game to Yorkshire’s three and, with Essex battling to save their Championship game against Warwickshire, Somerset look set to enter the last two games in a strong position.

The day began with Somerset looking to add quick runs. They lost Lewis Gregory (39), Bartlett and Dom Bess early on, but van der Merwe and Overton produced some lusty blows to take the lead beyond 400.

There was a moment of humour when van der Merwe pulled a ball towards the boundary, ran while following the path of the ball, and crashed into bowler Tim Bresnan in mid-pitch. Both sturdily-built men went down, but with no injury resulting from an incident inevitably bound for Twitter.

Adam Lyth was well caught low down at third slip by Overton off Davey with only seven on the board and Gary Balance fell in the final over before lunch, caught behind off a snorter from Overton.

Jonathan Tattersall had replaced Will Fraine as Lyth’s opening partner and he was unbeaten on 14 at the interval, with Yorkshire 47 for two. That became 54 for three when Tattersall, on 20, was caught at first slip by James Hildreth looking to withdraw the bat from a delivery by Overton, who was working up good pace from the Somerset Pavilion End.

Harry Brook was bowled playing back to van der Merwe and it was 94 for five when Bresnan was run out by a direct hit from Bess at backward point.

Tom Kohler-Cadmore edged another catch to Hildreth off the impressive Davey, who quickly followed up by pinning Maharaj leg-before for a duck and taking a return catch to remove Fraine.

Steve Patterson delayed the inevitable with a fighting 24 not out, but when Duanne Olivier was well caught by Bess over his shoulder at point off Davey the Yorkshire innings ended as Coad was unable to bat.

Davey returned match figures of eight for 51.

It was Yorkshire’s fifth heaviest first class defeat in terms of runs.

After the match Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “We want to continue focusing on one game at a time and going about things the way that we have done all season. We try to build pressure on the opposition, which is something the lads have done really well, and if you do it for long enough, the rewards will come.

“Tom Abell and I had a discussion before the game and thought the pitch would suit Josh Davey. He has had a frustrating season because of an injury at the wrong time and has not played as often as he would have liked.

“So, it was great to see him return career-best figures. Now it’s on to Hampshire next week. There will be some tricky selection decisions ahead of that game because we are creating an environment where everyone is desperate to play.”

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