County Championship: Kyle Abbott stars as Hampshire beat Somerset

All one of the best doubtless intention thru both innings, Kyle Abbott brushed apart all Eleven Somerset batsmen as a minimum as soon as
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Ageas Bowl (day three):
Hampshire 196: Dawson 103 & 226: Vince 142
Somerset 142: Abbott 9-Forty & a hundred and forty four: Davies Fifty one, Abbott 8-46
Hampshire (19 pts) beat Somerset (Three pts) by 136 runs

Kyle Abbott completed with match figures of 17-86 as Hampshire dealt a mountainous blow to Somerset’s County Championship title hopes with victory on the Ageas Bowl.

The ex-South Africa paceman adopted his first-innings 9-Forty with 8-46 as Somerset had been a hundred and forty four all out, chasing 281.

His match figures, which helped his physique of workers to a 136-bound purchase, are the utterly by any Hampshire bowler ever and the fourth utterly in Championship historical past.

Hampshire captain James Vince had earlier made 142 of their 226 all out.

The finish consequence has left Somerset desirous to beat nearest competitors Essex of their final match, which gets below manner on Monday, 23 September.

Having started this spherical of fixtures with an eight-point earnings on the top of the Division One desk, the West Nation aspect rating themselves 12 points adrift in second after Essex beat Surrey by an innings and Forty runs.

The title will now be decided on the County Ground in Taunton in what guarantees to be an exhilarating finale to the season.

Somerset subside as Abbott causes chaos

Somerset’s shuffle on the Ageas Bowl regarded a fancy one even earlier than Vince added Forty to his in a single day 102 to elongate Hampshire’s earnings to 280.

The England batsman, ably supported by Abbott (25), struck 22 fours earlier than at final being caught within the encourage of off Craig Overton (Three-74).

Somerset openers Steven Davies (Fifty one) and Murali Vijay (29) then regarded slightly untroubled in seeing them to 86-Zero, fleet elevating their hopes of pulling off what had regarded an unlikely victory.

Nonetheless the departure of India batsman Vijay sparked one other high-say collapse, as seven wickets fell for extremely finest 14 runs to totally flip the competition on its head.

Having bowled too short earlier than lunch, Abbott pitched the ball up and wreaked havoc during the afternoon session, with Tom Banton and George Bartlett both trapped in front taking half in all over the twin carriageway and Davies (Fifty one) edging to the slips to give him three wickets in four balls.

Sooner than Liam Dawson took the penultimate wicket, of Roelof van der Merwe, Abbott was in with an opportunity of returning the second-utterly first-class figures of all time – second utterly to Jim Laker’s 19-Ninety for England against Australia in 1956.

Nonetheless he did as a minimum bowl final man Josh Davey to give him 17 wickets, the utterly Championship haul since 1925 – and he now has 68 this season at a imprint of utterly 15.70 every.

Simplest match figures in Championship

  • 17-48 C Blythe, Kent v Northamptonshire 1907
  • 17-Fifty six C Parker, Gloucestershire v Essex 1925
  • 17-sixty seven A Freeman, Kent v Sussex 1922
  • 17-86 K Abbott, Hampshire v Somerset 2019
  • 17-89 WG Grace, Gloucestershire v Nottinghamshire 1877
  • 17-89 F Matthews, Nottinghamshire v Northamptonshire 1923

Hampshire hasty bowler Kyle Abbott:

“It hasn’t pretty sunk in. It is a ways shining fantastic. The day gone by I did no longer assume I would take cling of nine and I did no longer assume I would take cling of eight on the present time. I reckon that’s the utterly I will bowl.

“The entirety I desired to carry out labored. It very finest took say to be idea to be one of those days – it was fantastic. When it started to reverse it got pretty fun. We knew we had to get cling of into their middle say and put stress on them as 280 was a protracted manner off.

“At 86-Zero we had been very finest pondering if we get cling of idea to be one of many openers and the captain that was the goal. They had been below mountainous stress, they’re young guys shopping for their first championship; we had nothing to lose.

“Would I contain to determine 1/Three or wreck Somerset’s celebration? I desired to wreck the celebration by a protracted manner. They renowned against us on the One-Day Cup final so we desired to give them some exertions for subsequent week against Essex.”

Somerset captain Tom Abell:

“That they had three international cricketers who took wait on watch over of the sport for them. We had been second utterly in all aspects. We felt we had been in with an opportunity on the origin of the day nonetheless we went thru a spell the set up we misplaced seven wickets for no longer many runs.

“Hats off to Kyle Abbott. He was fantastic during the sport. He got the ball tailing and we desired to adapt better as batters. He targeted the stumps and there had been too many lbws and bowleds.

“There is a mountainous quantity of pleasure spherical Somerset cricket on the moment and we are desirous to ship the Championship.

“This week hasn’t long past our manner nonetheless we bring collectively a legitimate opportunity subsequent week. We’re going to dust ourselves down earlier than the Essex sport.”

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