Somerset’s seamers skittled Nottinghamshire for just 135 to earn a comprehensive ten-wicket win at Trent Bridge on Wednesday. Jim Allenby and Lewis Gregory took three wickets each as Marcus Trescothick finished with 255 runs in the match, on the field for every single ball of the match.
Nottinghamshire resumed day four on 58-2, but Somerset got two early breakthroughs as Allenby broke the overnight partnership by trapping Brendan Taylor in front for 28 to end a 53-run stand.
Once he was gone, Riki Wessels went for a six-ball duck after just three in the first innings to leave the home side 74-4.
That brought up Allenby’s third wicket of the innings as he finished with 3-23.
Jake Libby was still not out overnight and was stifling the Somerset attack, which was well on top by then, but he chopped on to Craig Overton for 44.
Just 12 runs came off the next seven overs before a bizarre dismissal: Chris Read pulled a Gregory ball for six… but stood on his stumps in the process and was out hit wicket to give Gregory his first.
That was to sum up Notts’ day, as Luke Fletcher had his stumps rearranged four balls later to leave Nottinghamshire a dismal 98-7.
Imran Tahir had work to do with the bat after his seven-wicket haul on day three, and that’s when the counter attack from the Trent Bridge outfit came. Tahir and Samit Patel put on 37 in ten overs, with the former hitting just seven of them before he was Jack Leach’s first and only wicket after the pair had hit a six each.
Patel wasn’t hanging about after he’d smashed four fours and a six in his 35, but he was the last man to go just three balls after Tahir to give Gregory his third and figures of 3-27.
Brett Hutton was unable to bat for the hosts, leaving them 135 all out and 77-8 from 40 overs on day four alone. That left the visitors needing 100 for their second victory of the season and they raced to 34 without loss from just five overs.
The fifty partnership came up after just eight overs as Johann Myburgh reached his half-century by bludgeoning three sixes and a four of a Tahir over.
Myburgh then finished the job with a single, to take Somerset to 100-0, as the West Country club’s destructive day four performance earned them a ten-wicket win.
Myburgh finished unbeaten on 58 from 55 balls, whilst Trescothick was 37 not out from 46, taking him to 255 runs in the match.
Somerset’s week’s work took them to fifth with a 23-point haul from a maximum 24, whilst Notts’ are left seventh after taking just six points.