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Keith Barker’s half-dozen leads Hampshire to victory as Somerset fold

Hampshire 280 (Donald 57, Overton 4-57, Siddle 4-80) and 1 for 0 beat Somerset 211 (Abbott 3-60) and 69 (Barker 6-27) by 10 wickets

Keith Barker performed key roles with bat and ball as Hampshire accomplished a convincing ten-wicket LV= County Championship win over Somerset inside three days at Taunton.

The 35-year-old left-arm seamer started by contributing a precious 36 to assist his aspect lengthen their first innings whole from an in a single day 144 for five to 280 all out, Aneurin Donald making 57 and James Fuller a speedy 38 to present Hampshire a lead of 69 on first innings.

Barker then set to work with the ball, combining extravagant swing with nagging accuracy to assert 6 for 27 from an unbroken 13-over opening spell as Somerset crashed to 25 for six earlier than being bowled out with the scores stage.

Opener Felix Organ hit the required single for victory off the fourth ball of Hampshire’s second innings and his group took 21 factors to Somerset’s 4 to boost a powerful begin to the Championship marketing campaign, preserving them on the tail of early leaders Surrey.

The day started with the guests trailing on first innings by 67. Ben Brown failed so as to add to his in a single day rating of 19 earlier than being pinned lbw by Peter Siddle with the whole on 152.

At 154 for six within the 59th over, the ball needed to be modified for the second time within the innings. By then Donald was displaying a want to get on the entrance foot, benefiting from some sweetly timed drives as he and Barker ate into Somerset’s lead.

A key second got here at 195 for six when Donald, on 29, was dropped by Craig Overton at gully off Josh Davey. It was an error the house aspect might unwell afford and Barker had moved confidently to 26 when greeting the introduction of England spinner Jack Leach with a six and a 4 off his first two balls.

The primary of these pictures put Hampshire in entrance. The subsequent supply noticed Barker caught at midwicket, however Donald went to a 74-ball half-century earlier than falling to the second new ball, bowled by Siddle.

Kyle Abbott fell cheaply to Overton, however Fuller ensured Hampshire of a significant benefit, hanging 4 fours and two sixes as Somerset bowled poorly throughout a final wicket stand of 24 with Mohammad Abbas.

Overton and Siddle ended with 4 wickets every. However momentum was with Hampshire and a collection of wretched pictures contributed to Somerset’s nightmare second innings, their batting line-up missing the approach to deal with the swinging ball.

Tom Lammonby was caught behind for a duck off Abbas, whereas opening companion Matt Renshaw was trapped lbw on his crease by Barker to make it 12 for two. Tom Abell adopted a leg-side supply from Barker and glanced a catch to Ben Brown earlier than Tom Banton top-edged an ill-judged pull off Abbas to present the wicketkeeper one other sufferer.

James Hildreth moved to 18,000 first-class runs with a single to get off the mark, however it proved his solely contribution as he was bowled by a full, swinging ball from Barker. An analogous supply noticed Lewis Gregory fall leg-before and Somerset had been in disarray. Overton helped Steve Davies add 32 earlier than being bowled by one other full Barker supply for 13.

One other unfastened shot noticed Davies, on 19, have his leg stump uprooted by Abbott earlier than Leach was brilliantly caught at cowl by Nick Gubbins, having middled a drive off Abbott. After Davey had introduced the scores stage with a glanced boundary off Barker, an embarrassing Somerset batting effort ended with him being bowled subsequent ball shouldering arms.

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