Somerset headed into game eight of the Specsavers County Championship season without the services of Tom Abell who was suffering from a back injury. The 22 year-old opening bat had scored 264 runs at an average 22, including an impressive century at Edgbaston. His replacement in the side to play at Hampshire was likely to be either Johann Myburgh or Adam Hose as Matt Maynard was forced to shuffle his top order.
Somerset welcomed back captain Chris Rogers and Marcus Trescothick after the run of eleven one day games and named the following 12-man squad: Chris Rogers (c), Marcus Trescothick, Johann Myburgh, James Hildreth, Jim Allenby, Peter Trego, Lewis Gregory, Ryan Davies (wk), Craig Overton, Jamie Overton, Tim Groenewald, Jack Leach.
When the team was confirmed it was Groenewald who was rested.
The cider county remain unbeaten in their seven games with just the one victory, which was achieved in the last game against Surrey at Taunton. The club sit 6th in the table with 80 points, some 30 points ahead of their opponents who are rooted to the bottom on 50 points. 22 points separate Hampshire and Surrey and Nottinghamshire who are 8th and 7th respectively. Hampshire would be desperate for a win to get back in amongst the pack while a win for the visitors would open up a huge gap between the sides with half-the-campaign gone.
Toss: Hampshire won the toss and chose to bat
Umpires: Stephen Gale and Peter Hartley
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Morning session: The home side made a solid start with the bat with openers Jimmy Adams and Will Smith looking comfortable putting 89 for the first wicket after 26 overs. Somerset had to wait until the first ball of the 27th over before getting any success when Smith was out c Gregory b C Overton for 32 with 4×4 & 0x6.
- Lunch: Hampshire 108-1 with Adams 53 not out and new batsman Alsop (10*).
Afternoon: Somerset didn’t need to wait long to add to their haul. After 2.3 overs of the session Adams had gone for 61 caught by Trescothick b C Overton. 118-2 now.
- Alsop & Carberry looked like they would take over as they added 48 runs but Allenby managed to get Alsop out for 37, including 7×4. 166-3 after 44.3 overs.
- Both Carberry and Dawson appear to like batting against Somerset and the score moved closer to a first batting point but Somerset nailed a 4th wicket in the 50th over when Dawson was out for just 15 thereby becoming Allenby’s second victim. 184-4 and Somerset right back in this now.
- Just 2 balls later Carberry was gone c Rogers b J Overton 29. 184-5 and the home side were on the ropes.
- More excitement was on the way in the 53rd over bowled by Jamie Overton when 2 wickets fell in just 3 balls. First Ervine was caught Davies for 0 then McManus was bowled also without scoring. 189-7 and Somerset were putting their foot on Hampshire’s throat!
- Jove was having fun now and he got a 4th wicket in the 55th when Berg also went for 0 when he was bowled. Hampshire had slumped from 184-3 to 191-8 so had scored 5 runs losing 7 wickets in the process.
- His fivefer was secured in the 57th over when Crane was lbw for 1. 195-9 now. Overton’s figures at this stage were 5-36 off 13 overs – fabulous stuff.
- The home side imped to a first batting point when McLaren hit Jove for 2 runs to get to 200.
- There followed a useful partnership of 24 runs as Somerset looked like allowing a team to get more than they were due. It was Craig Overton who finished things off when he got Tino Best for 9 caught by captain Rogers. Ryan McLaren was 24 not out.
- Tea: A magnificent session for Somerset, one where 9 wickets were taken at the cost of 111 runs. Hampshire 219 all out.
Evening: Somerset needed a solid start. Tres negotiated the first over but captain Buck, who hasn’t played in the first team for just under a month, was out first ball of the second over caught by keeper McManus off McLaren for 0. Somerset 4-1.
- Mybs joined Tres and looked confident. The two were cautious initially but kept their ends and after 10 Somerset were 33-1.
- There was a flurry of four’s from the 14th over – 7 in 4 overs to be precise – as the two took the score to 66-1.
- Then the players were taken off for bad light and that is where a good day for Somerset ended.
- Close: Somerset 66-1 trail by 153 runs with 9 wickets remaining. Tres 33*, Mybs 29*.