LV=CC Nottinghamshire v Somerset day two: Somerset 312 (J Allenby 64, C Overton 55, JG Myburgh 49, PD Trego 41, JC Hildreth 32; VD Philander 4-56, SJ Mullaney 3-44); Nottinghamshire 195-8 (JWA Taylor 45, SR Patel 35*; C Overton 3-27). Nottinghamshire trail by 117 runs with 2 wickets remaining.
Three late wickets from Craig Overton put Nottinghamshire firmly on the back foot at the end of a rain-affected second day at Trent Bridge.
For the second day running the young all-rounder changed the face of the game in the final session of play, this time with the ball, following his innings of 55 off just 31 balls in Somerset’s first innings.
Nottinghamshire ended the day on 195-8, still 117 runs behind, with only Samit Patel left of the recognised batsmen.
After heavy rain throughout the morning, play finally got underway at 3.25pm with the home side resuming on 57-2. Somerset’s seamers bowled well as a unit to keep the pressure on the home side and keep scoring to a minimum.
Overnight batsmen James Taylor and Brendan Taylor took the total onto 88, when Lewis Gregory trapped the former Zimbabwean captain on 22 in the ninth over of the day.
England batsman James Taylor was joined by Riki Wessels and together the pair saw the 100 up and had put on 33 together when James Allenby was introduced into the attack. The all-rounder, who yesterday recorded his highest score for Somerset, had Wessels caught at second slip by Marcus Trescothick for 8 and Nottinghamshire took tea at a precarious 121-4.
After tea James Taylor continued to look as solid at the crease as is possible on this extremely green wicket which continues to offer assistance for the bowlers. However when he had reached 45 off 100 balls, he was bowled by Tim Groenewald to make the score 137-5, still 175 runs behind Somerset’s first innings total.
Chris Read has frustrated many opposition teams in the past to help get Nottinghamshire out of trouble and when he came to the wicket to join Patel, the East Midlands side will have been looking to consolidate. However, soon after the 150 was posted, Overton – who had earlier bowled a miserly spell of 6-2-15-0 – was reintroduced to the attack with immediate effect.
Read offered a caught and bowled chance to the first ball of Overton’s spell and with their skipper back in the pavilion for 8, Nottinghamshire found themselves on 152-6.
Patel and Vernon Philander added 37 for the seventh wicket and looked to be settled before Overton switched ends. This time, bowling with the wind, he knocked Philander’s middle stump clean out of the ground to leave Nottinghanshire on 189-7.
It’s a notable statistic that on a pitch where conditions have encouraged plenty of away movement and where bowlers have constantly beaten the bat, half of the 18 wickets to fall so far have all been bowled with a further three LBW.
Overton wasn’t done yet, because in his next over, the penultimate of the day, he picked up another wicket as Luke Wood played a big drive and offered a sharp caught and bowled chance, which the bowler did extremely well to hold onto.
Overton finished with impressive figures of 12-5-27-3 after an excellent display of fast, accurate bowling. He has left an indelible mark on this match which, weather permitting, is nicely set up for Somerset to press home the advantage.
The equally scrooge-like Jim Allenby then bowled the last over of the day, a boundary barely denting his final figures of 12-6-14-1.
After the close of play a delighted Overton said: “I bowled my first couple of spells into the wind so it was more containing, but then I had the last two overs with the wind and I got a wicket and grabbed onto another at the end which I was realy pleased about.
“This is only my second championship match but this is my best bowling so far and it’s nice to have decent figures. Now I will be looking to pick up some more in the morning and then help us to set a good score.
The 21 year old added: “It is a pitch here where it does help the bowlers and we have been hitting good areas. We did a decent job so we hope we can finish it off tomorrow morning.”