Somerset secured their second victory of the Specsavers County Championship season after totally dominating the final day of their match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.
Set to score just 100, after Notts had been bowled out for only 135 in their second innings, the visitors romped to a 10-wicket triumph just before tea, with Marcus Trescothick and Johann Myburgh reaching their target in only 16.5 overs.
Trescothick, who scored 218 before being last out in the first innings, took the opportunity to plunder an unbeaten 37, getting his runs from 46 balls, with eight fours. Johann Myburgh added an undefeated 58 to his first innings knock of 54.
The contest had begun to nose-dive away from the home side during the morning period, when only 42 runs were scored in the two hour session.
Somerset’s seam attack bossed things from the start, admittedly in favourable overcast conditions.
Jim Allenby, who removed Michael Lumb on the third evening, set the ball rolling by adding two further scalps to his collection, to finish with three for 23.
Brendan Taylor made 28 before falling lbw to a delivery that kept a touch low and Riki Wessels failed to get off the mark before edging to Trescothick at slip.
Jake Libby, after his first innings score of 90, battled his way to 44 before chopping Craig Overton onto his stumps.
Lewis Gregory accounted for both Chris Read and Luke Fletcher in the same over. Read was especially unfortunate; having pulled a short ball away for six he knocked off a bail as he stepped back. Four deliveries later Fletcher’s off stick was spectacularly uprooted.
Imran Tahir bravely tried to help Samit Patel steer the innings towards calmer waters but he was bowled by Jack Leach, soon after heaving the spinner over the ropes at long on.
With Brett Hutton absent, through injury, Patel had no option but to try and muscle a few late runs but he picked out deep midwicket to hand Gregory figures of three for 27
Somerset duly completed their third consecutive win over Nottinghamshire, with Myburgh putting some gloss on the performance by hitting Tahir for three consecutive sixes as he brought up his 50 from 51 balls, with six fours and those three maximums.
Having been 196 without loss on the first day, Nottinghamshire’s subsequent collapse leaves them without a championship victory since the opening round of matches this season and they remain perilously close to the foot of the Division One table.
Somerset collect 23 points from the contest and move up to fifth in the table, sandwiched between Lancashire and Yorkshire.
The Somerset camp was in jubilant mood after they beat Nottinghamshire by 10 wickets at Trent Bridge just before tea on the final day from which they take 23 points.
Nobody was happier than captain Chris Rogers who said afterwards: “I am quite satisfied and we played well as a team and a lot of the time those games just don’t quite fall your way but we had our fair share of luck today, things went our way and we got the result.
“This has given us a little bit of a buffer as well and that might give us a chance to go on and attack the sides above us in the table. It has been a good four days for us.”
At what stage did Chris think that we might be able to bowl Notts out cheaply in their second innings?
“I think our hopes started to really lift last night and even though we only got the two early wickets we were creating chances. We had a couple of leading edges and a couple of LBW shouts, and batsmen playing and missing and all of a sudden it looked like the wicket wasn’t going to be easy to bat on and we had the attack to make it happen, which gave us a little bit of inspiration.
“However we needed things to happen for us this morning in the first session and the coach suggested four wickets and we got five which was a bonus for us, and that was one of the best sessions I’ve seen from us.
“We were excellent, we made it tough for them and we didn’t let them score and we created chances and that was as good as we have been with the ball.
“I think that they might regret that they didn’t come out with a more positive attitude and they were a little bit hesitant, but I think you can put that doen to the act that we bowled well. We didn’t give them any width and attacked the stumps and there was a little bit of variation, particularly for Craig with his height- I think he scared them a little bit with the variation he could get, and that was almost the difference.
“Today was an exceptional day and it has been an exceptional three days, because after day one the odds of us winning that game were pretty long.
Finally the skipper talked about Marcus Trescothick who spent every one of the 1315 minutes of the match out on the field.
“What do you say about Tres- he is an inspiration to everyone at the Club. You have got a guy who many people expect to be retired, but he sets an example to everybody else the way that he goes about his game, the passion he has and the hunger that he has to do well. “
Chris added: “The young guys respond to that, they wee what he is like and they want to be like him- he is a fantastic role model and driving us when he is batting so what more can you ask from a team mate as a captain.”