20th January 2021

Somerset firmly on top on an astonishing second day against Hampshire

Upcoming pace bowler Craig Overton took four wickets and Alfonso Thomas three more as Hampshire were forced to follow-on 199 behind on an astonishing second day in the LV=County Championship match at the Ageas Bowl in which 16 wickets fell during the shortened day.

The whole of the first session was washed out by rain but then, between lunch and tea, ten wickets fell and a further six followed in the final session.

The outcome was that Somerset, 310 for six overnight, were all out for 346 and Hampshire in response were shot out for 147 in 43.2 overs.

Somerset wicketkeeper Michael Bates, playing against his old club, said:

“We got the most out of the pitch. It was a little bit uneven, a bit up and down. We bowled really well, consistently getting the ball in the right area, the area that was misbehaving.

“Overall it has been a great day for us. Batting-wise we would’ve liked another four runs to get a batting bonus point at 350 but the way the games panned out we cannot complain. Our bowlers have done a brilliant job and we are in a great position to finish it off.”

Hampshire coach Giles White said:

“It has been a disappointing day to say the least. We came back and bowled well when finishing off the Somerset batting. Our bowlers stuck to their task on a wicket of uneven bounce to claim four quick wickets.

“Obviously there have been a lot of wickets, 12 of ours and 16 in the day. A lot has happened and we have been on the end of it.

“We were involved in one of those phases when a lot of wickets went down in a rush and put us in a poor position from which we never recovered. Now we have it all to do.”

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