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Win takes Somerset top of the table

Matt Renshaw led the way as Somerset moved to the top of the Specsavers County Championship First Division with a six-wicket win over Nottinghamshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

The 22-year-old Australian continued his impressive form this summer with 61 as the hosts chased down a victory target of 248 to record their third Championship win in five games.

George Bartlett contributed 41, Tom Abell 46 not out and Steve Davies an unbeaten 40, while Notts off-spinner Matt Carter claimed three second innings wickets for match figures of eight for 95.

Earlier, Somerset seamer Josh Davey had completed his best Championship figures of four for 76 as Notts were finally bowled out for 505, following-on, from an overnight 468 for eight.

Somerset took 22 points from the game to Nottinghamshire’s two.

It took the hosts nearly an hour to take the final two wickets at the start of the day, an indication that the pitch was not going to offer much assistance to the bowlers.

Davey claimed both to gain reward for his nagging accuracy. Carter, who had lofted two sixes off Roelof van der Merwe, was caught behind for 20, while Luke Fletcher was bowled for 21.

Somerset rarely looked in trouble in their second innings.

Eddie Byrom made 22 in an opening stand of 29 with Renshaw, before being caught behind pushing forward to Steven Mullaney.

Renshaw added to his three hundreds in eight innings for Somerset with a solid half-century off 91 balls, with seven fours and a six. He found a reliable partner in 20-year-old Bartlett, who played impressively before being bowled by Carter on the back-foot looking to force through the leg-side.

Renshaw followed with the total on 154, caught at slip edging a defensive shot off Carter, and if there was a moment of doubt for Somerset it came on the stroke of tea when James Hildreth, on 21, fell to a diving short-leg catch by Billy Root off Carter. That made the score 163 for four at tea, with 85 still needed.

However, Davies quickly erased any doubts about the outcome with the innings of the day, starting with three fours off successive balls from Carter.

The wicketkeeper looked in prime form as he and skipper Abell put the Notts attack to the sword in the closing stages to complete a convincing victory.

Somerset now face successive away games against Surrey, Essex and Worcestershire in the Championship.

At the end of the match Somerset’s delighted captain, Tom Abell said: “It’s a great feeling being top of the Championship, but there is so much more cricket to be played and so much more work for us to do.

“We are just concentrating on improving as a side with every game. It takes such a lot to win four-day matches and every player has stood up in this one to earn us another win.

“Now the next fixture against Surrey becomes massive.”

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