Hampshire v Somerset, County Championship 2021 – Result, Report, Score, Scoreboard
Josh Davey and Craig Overton also share the 10 wickets in Round 2 to give last season’s Bob Willis Trophy finalists a healthy cushion in second place in Group Two.
The Ageas bowl (Fourth day of four): Hampshire 79 & 258, Somerset 336 & 2-0 – Somerset won by 10 wickets
A stunning full screen inspired by Craig Overton Somerset to a complete victory at 10 wickets over Hampshire as his side enveloped a fourth County Championship Group 2 victory at the Ageas Bowl.
England paceman Overton, who is the nation’s top wicket-taker, took 5 for 66 on a 40-overs mammoth as Hampshire was sacked for 258, putting himself firmly in contention for selection for next month’s test series against New Zealand.
Overton was also the game’s top scorer with 74 on Friday and finished with a 7 for 82 total, with Josh Davey also playing a big part in the triumph taking 5 for 30 on the final day.
The loss was Hampshire’s second straight heavy loss after last week’s innings and the humble 289 points for Surrey having started the season strong with two wins and one of their opening three matches.
Although the hosts fought much more courageously to pass 200 for the first time in four innings, their pitiful day of an effort of 79 all left them with too much work against their in-form opponents.
The visitors looked set to wrap up the win right after lunch when Lewis McManus left for just 17 years for Keith Barker and Felix Organ in order to frustrate their hosts with a two-hour stay at the compound.
Organ hit with great discipline and determination to score just seven points from 108 balls before falling to a diving hold by the irrepressible Overton off Davey.
Mohammad Abbas was the last man to leave Barker undefeated out of 52 before Eddie Byrom removed the two points needed for victory with the rain starting to fall and the light fading.
Keith Barker displayed great resilience and skill as Hants threatened to retreat.
Hampshire started the day with 147 races after rain washed away all but nine overs on Saturday, and frustrated Somerset for nearly an hour with Joe Weatherley and skipper James Vince scoring just 20 points in the first 13 overs against a tight bowling.
Davey finally got the breakthrough when he found the outside edge of Weatherley’s bat and Steve Davies took a clean hold behind the stumps to end the opener’s stubborn innings of 44 of 209 balls.
Davey struck again in his next shot as Liam Dawson was trapped to pick up only the second pair of his career
It was Overton who grabbed Vince’s vital wicket just after lunch when Davies took another nice catch to send him back for 42, which firmly put his side on track for a great win ahead of the clash of the next week with Surrey.
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