August 09, 2020
Somerset saw off Northants inside two days, as Jamie Overton and Jack Brooks both take four wickets in the final innings 8.09pm BST
Bob Willis Trophy, county cricket: Somerset storm to victory over Northants
The Somerset cider wagon has started to roll, after a victory within two days at Northamptonshire’s County Ground. They dismissed the hosts for 154 in their second innings on a pitch with somewhat haphazard bounce – some shooting low, others grazing the eyebrows. It had been a topsy-turvy game throughout, and Sunday was no different.
The day belonged to Jamie Overton, soon to move to Surrey, who first made a career best 68, some of them with brother Craig: they smashed 14 fours and seven sixes between them as Somerset built up a lead of 321. He then muscled four for 26 as Northants, steady at first thanks to 50 from Ricardo Vasconcelos, then collapsed disastrously, losing six for six in 24 balls as they tumbled to defeat. Four wickets too for ex-Northants player Jack Brooks to complement his smash and grab 36 at No 11 on the first day. It was Somerset’s second win in the Bob Willis trophy; they play Warwickshire next, on Saturday.Glamorgan made a good fist of chasing Worcestershire’s mammoth 455 for eight declared, with Billy Root and Kiran Carlson both striking unbeaten fifties as the afternoon drifted into the evening. Earlier, Graham Wagg and Michael Hogan stuck grimly to the task, taking three wickets, each as both Jake Libby and Brett D’Oliveria passed 150.Jordan Cox, a 19-year-old only opening because Joe Denly and Zak Crawley were away with England, made his maiden first-class hundred as Kent seized control of the match against Sussex. Only two wickets fell all day as Cox (167) and Jack Leaning, (110) – who came to Kent from Yorkshire last winter – put on an unbeaten 231. 7.24pm BST
Congratulations Somerset on a rollicking win - they know how to do it in style. Those Overton boys - just shows England’s strength in bowling, that neither of them have managed to hold down a regular spot. Otherwise, good days for Notts’ and Glamorgan’s batsmen and you can’t write that very often. Brilliant too from Jordan Cox, and Wayne Madsen, Jack Leaning, Tom Moores and Joe Weatherley - and here’s to poor Liam Dawson, carried off the field with an achilles tendon injury. That’s it from me, thanks for joining in on a sleepy Sunday. Have a lovely evening, goodnight!
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