Somerset 591 for 7 dec (Abell 142, Renshaw 94, Gregory 89, Lammonby 76, Hildreth 53) beat Gloucestershire 186 (Bracey 39, Leach 5-49) and 159 (Bethell 61, Leach 3-41) by an innings and 246 runs
Somerset steamrollered Gloucestershire’s patched-up workforce to finish a record-breaking LV= County Championship victory by an innings and 246 runs inside three days at Bristol.
It was the Cider county’s greatest ever margin of victory over their arch-rivals, which was beforehand by an innings and 170 at Taunton again in 1893, a match by which WG Grace featured for the guests.
Somerset took 23 factors to Gloucestershire’s one and have now reeled off successive victories after dropping their first three Championship fixtures.
With van Burren nursing a shoulder damage sustained within the area on day two, Somerset wanted solely 5 wickets in the beginning of the day to wrap up their opponents’ first innings.
Bethell, on a one-match mortgage to Gloucestershire from Warwickshire, started with a candy on-drive for 4 off Craig Overton and adopted up with one other boundary in the identical over.
There was concern for Somerset when Overton was pressured off by a twinge in his left knee, however the England all-rounder was in a position to return to bowl on the finish of the innings.
Josh Davey made the breakthrough for Somerset with the full on 144, rapping Ryan Higgins on the again pad and pinning him lbw for 31, earlier than rapidly having Zafar Gofar taken at slip.
Lewis Gregory uprooted Zak Chappell’s center stump and the spectacular Bethell fell leg-before on the again foot to Leach for 37 as Gloucestershire lurched to 152 for 8.
Final pair Matt Taylor and Brad Wheal provided some resistance, taking the full to 186 for 8 at lunch. Taylor completed 24 not out when Wheal fell lbw to a ball from Leach that appeared to maintain low.
Gloucestershire’s second innings had reached 24 within the ninth over when George Scott edged Peter Siddle straight to James Hildreth at second slip.
Marcus Harris fell on the identical whole, miscuing a pull shot off Overton and skying a catch to Tom Lammonby at mid-on. It was 28 for 3 when Miles Hammond nicked a ball from Davey via to wicketkeeper Steve Davies.
Higgins was caught behind for 16 attempting to drive Gregory off the again foot and by tea Gloucestershire had been in disarray at 74 for 4.
Bethell had once more given a lesson in method to extra skilled colleagues. However any hopes of a restoration disappeared within the over after the interval when James Bracey swept Leach and Tom Abell took an impressive catch, one-handed above his head at backward sq. leg.
Luck continued to abandon injury-plagued Gloucestershire as Bethell slipped when referred to as for a fast single off Leach by Zafar Gohar, who was pressured to show again and did not beat Abell’s throw to the bowler’s finish.
Chappell was bowled off an inside edge for 20 by Overton, who then took a low catch at second slip off Leach to take away Taylor.
Bethell’s mature batting in a disaster introduced him a deserved half-century off 84 balls, with eight fours. However when he swept Leach into the fingers of Lammonby at deep sq., Somerset celebrated an awesome success.