Overton leads Somerset to speedy success

Jamie Overton of Somerset claims a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jamie Overton of Somerset claims a wicket (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo) - Credit: Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo

Jamie Overton starred with bat and then ball on Sunday as Somerset completed a 167-run Bob Willis Trophy win over Northamptonshire inside two action-packed days at Wantage Road.

An eventful match finished in suitable style on the second evening as the home team – skittled for 67 on Saturday – lost their final six wickets for six runs in 24 balls to be dismissed for 154, in pursuit of an unlikely victory target of 322.

Overton claimed four for 26, having earlier notched the highest score of the match – 68 from 43 balls – as Somerset posted 222 in their second innings, having resumed on 15 for one.

After 21 wickets on the first day, Somerset strapped in for the ride on Sunday morning with their 114-run overnight lead and ensured there was no let-up in the entertainment by whacking 160 in 25 overs to lunch.

Ben Sanderson and Gareth Berg took four wickets apiece for Northamptonshire, with Somerset at one stage reduced to 53 for six.

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But Jamie Overton along with brother Craig Overton (53) and Roelof Van der Merwe (30) all swung successfully, the latter pair adding 67 in 51 deliveries, as the lower order broke free to push the visitors out of sight.

Opener Eddie Byrom (20), captain Tom Abell (12) and James Hildreth (17) were the only other Somerset players to reach double figures but a 321-run lead was always going to be more than sufficient.

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Northamptonshire, to their credit, also decided that positivity was required to have a sniff of the target and they had a better session to tea, reaching 104 for three.

Ricardo Vasconcelos struck six fours in 10 balls to reach his half-century, but in the first over of the evening session he poked at a ball from Josh Davey some two feet outside off stump and was taken at second slip by Jamie Overton for 52.

The same dismissal – albeit from a much tighter line that demanded a stroke – had earlier removed Ben Curran (10), before fellow opener Emilio Gay (16) fell in very similar fashion, held at first slip feeling for one from Jamie Overton that could definitely have been left alone.

Rob Keogh (one) tamely lobbed a return catch to Jack Brooks trying to work a full outswinger to leg and the final six wickets fell in the blink of eye in a brutal ending for the home team.

Charlie Thurston (34) gloved Jamie Overton down the leg side trying to pull. Adam Rossington also tried to pull him, missed and was given leg before for a duck – although replays indicated height and line should have been considerations for Rob Bailey.

Brooks found Berg’s outside edge and he was held at first slip for a fourth-ball duck and next ball a full delivery trapped Sanderson lbw, also without troubling the scorers, and this time there was absolutely no debate. Blessing Muzarabani’s stroke to survive the hat-trick was effective if not typically advised.

Luke Procter (26) became Jamie Overton’s fourth scalp and then Brooks (four for 40) also ended the match with his fourth wicket, that of Brandon Glover for nought, completing a fine game having struck a momentum-shifting 36 from number 11 on the first afternoon and later running out Vasconcelos.

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