County Championship: Somerset beat Warwickshire by an innings and 82 runs
LV= County Championship Division One, The Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton (Day 3)
Somerset 458: Renshaw 129; Hannon Dalby 5-89
Warwickshire 209 & 167 f/o: Hain 43; Brooks 4-44
Somerset (23 pts) beat Warwickshire (3 pts) by an innings and 82 runs
Somerset finished a resounding team effort with an 82-run win over Warwickshire three days after the Tonton County Championship.
After three consecutive losses, Tom Apple’s team is in very good shape after beating the champion thoroughly.
They quickly lowered the last car in Warwickshire in the first round of the morning and led 249 in the first innings and then bowled them out for 167.
Jack Brooks led 4-44, but it was an impressive team effort as all five balls were used to jumping over goals and putting pressure on batsmen.
Sam Hain (43) and Will Rhodes (29) had 68 runs in 30 overs, but the innings was a solo challenge as the two goalkeepers went down to five balls four times.
Warwickshire suffered its first blow 197-9 on the morning of the third day, but it did not go far. Josh Davey teased a fatal nick from Olly Hannon-Dalby to finish with 3-30.
Somerset players returned there quickly, with their tails in the air, cutting the second innings of Warwickshire 21-3 in 16 overs in a forced chase.
When Craig Overton Blinder took down Alex Davis from Davey in the third inning, they offered a great grip and then the happy feature when Dom Sibley came to Evil in the fourth inning. When Rob Yates top-edged a pull at Brooks, Tom Lammonby judged the catch perfectly at mid-on.
Hain and Rhodes made a brave effort before perishing in back-to-back games that afternoon. Rhodes did not provide a shot to Jack Leach, who swung hard on his stamp.
With the success of the show, Somerset celebrated wildly as Brooks stepped to the front page, all his teammates joining.
It drew and applauded the crowd as Brooks added three wickets in 17 balls. Michael Burgess and Danny Briggs face goalkeeper Stephen Davis and Nathan McAndrew joins Matt Renshaw on the second slip.