COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION 1, 2019
Craig Overton put up a fine all round show to propel Somerset closer to a well-earned win © Getty
After 17 wickets fell on the first day, 19 fell on the second. Warwickshire find themselves needing 136 more to win with only four wickets in hand, and Sam Hain (43*) will be the key going into Day 3.
Craig Overton, currently with one wicket in the fourth innings, earlier helped Somerset sneak ahead with an all-round display. He didn’t just wrap Warwickshire’s first innings with a five-for, picking the remaining two wickets for his milestone within thirty minutes of play, but also contributed an important 36 not out with the bat, the highest individual score in Somerset’s 164, even as Liam Norwell wreaked havoc with a seven-wicket haul.
Brief scores: Somerset209 & 164 (Craig Overton 36*; Liam Norwell 7-41) lead Warwickshire135 & 103/6 (Sam Hain 43*; Lewis Gregory 2-26) by 136 runs
In the face of Surrey’s 439 in the first innings, Kent were in with a fight at 227 for 2 when Gareth Batty helped turn the game around on either side of tea. Kent collapsed to 294 all out, handing a massive lead to the visitors, with Batty picking the wickets of Daniel Bell-Drummond, captain Heino Kuhn and Ollie Robinson – the latter two off consecutive deliveries. Sam Curran and Rikki Clarke also finished with three wickets each even as Sean Dickson compiled a hard fought hundred.
Brief scores: Surrey439 (Will Jacks 120, Scott Borthwick 95, Rikki Clarke 88; Wiaan Mulder 4-118) & 11/0 lead Kent294 (Sean Dickson 128; Gareth Batty 3-49, Sam Curran 3-54, Rikki Clarke 3-70) by 156 runs
After Hampshire finished their innings on 310, Nottinghamshire were bowled out for 239 despite a hundred from captain Steven Mullaney. Kyle Abbott stuck into the top-order with a three-wicket haul, whereas Keith Barker and Fidel Edwards cut through the middle and lower order respectively with three wickets each. Batting for the second time, Hampshire lost Joe Weatherley to Luke Fletcher in the penultimate over before stumps.
Brief scores: Hampshire 310 (Joe Weatherley 66; Luke Fletcher 4-79) & 3/1 lead Nottinghamshire(Steven Mullaney 102; Kyle Abbott 3-61) by 74 runs