Two hat-tricks in two days help Somerset to innings win

Craig Overton

Specsavers County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge (day three):
Somerset 463: Hildreth 137; Gurney 6-106
Nottinghamshire 133: C Overton 4-27, Abell 3-0 & 184 (f/o): Mullaney 54; Davey 3-20, C Overton 3-68
Somerset (24 pts) beat Notts (2 pts) by an innings and 146 runs

Craig Overton took a hat-trick – the second by a Somerset bowler in two days – as they beat Nottinghamshire by an innings and 146 runs.

Overton followed captain Tom Abell’s first-innings effort at Trent Bridge, removing Ben Slater, Samit Patel and Riki Wessels in successive balls.

All three wickets were catches taken at slip by Marcus Trescothick.

Josh Davey (3-20) wrapped up Notts’ second innings for 184 to seal victory for the Division One runners-up.

It is only the fourth time that two bowlers from the same team have taken a hat-trick in the same first-class match, while eight players have achieved two hat-tricks in a match individually.

The most recent of those was in November 2017, when Australia paceman Mitchell Starc took a hat-trick in each innings of New South Wales’ Sheffield Shield game against Western Australia.

Nottinghamshire finished level on points with Lancashire, who beat Hampshire in their final fixture, but avoided relegation by virtue of having won four Championship matches this season compared to Lancashire’s three victories.

Somerset’s Craig Overton:

“Obviously it was my first over and I sent down a couple of looseners, then it came out all right and I got going with the first one.

“The one to the left-hander Slater swung a bit and nipped away, then it was the right-handers Patel and Wessels. I always enjoy bowling to right-handers if it’s swinging. The one to Riki bounced a little bit and caught the top of the bat on its way to Tres.

“Then I was away on a long run to celebrate.”

Notts head coach Peter Moores:

“We didn’t play well enough and there will be frustrated members out there. We’re frustrated about it because we have had a tough six weeks to finish the season.

“Our goal was to stay in Division One and we’ve done that. I look back over the whole 18 months and we’ve won two trophies, got promotion and had a couple of cup quarter-finals.

“We’ve had highs and we’ve had tough days, and today was a tough day.”

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