24/10/2019

County Championship: Kyle Abbott stars as Hampshire beat Somerset


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As Hampshire dealt a blow to Somerset’s County Championship title hopes with victory at the Ageas 27, kyle Abbott finished with match figures of 17-86.
Since Somerset were 144 out, pursuing 281 the ex-South Africa paceman followed his using 8-46.
His game figures, which helped his team would be the best by any Hampshire bowler ever and also the fourth best in Championship history.
Hampshire captain James Vince had previously made 142 in their 226 out.
Somerset needing to beat rivals Essex in their final match, which gets under way was abandoned by the result.
Having started this round of fittings near the peak of the Division One table having an eight-point advantage, the West Country side could wind up 12 points adrift at second if Essex are able to beat Surrey in their game.
But, regardless of what the result in that game, the title is sure in what claims to become quite a thrilling finale to the year to be determined.
Somerset’s chase in the Ageas Bowl looked a tough one before Vince added his 102 and 40 together to expand Hampshire’s advantage .
The England batsman, ably supported by Abbott (25), struck 22 fours before eventually being caught behind off Craig Overton (3-74).
Somerset openers Steven Davies (51) and Murali Vijay (29) subsequently looked comparatively untroubled in viewing with them to 86-0, temporarily raising their hopes of pulling off what had seemed an improbable victory.
But the passing of India batsman Vijay triggered another meltdown, as seven wickets fell to turn the contest on its head.
Having bowled too brief before lunch, Abbott pitched the ball up and wreaked havoc during the afternoon session, with Tom Banton and George Bartlett both trapped before playing across the line and Davies (51) edging into the slips to give him three wickets in four balls.
Before Liam Dawson chose Roelof van der Merwe’s penultimate wicket,, Abbott was in with a possibility of returning the amounts of all time – next only to Jim Laker’s 19-90 for England.
But he’d at least bowl last man Josh Davey to give him 17 wickets, the best Championship haul since 1925 – and he has 68 this year at a cost of only 15.70 each.
Hampshire fast bowler Kyle Abbott:
“It has not quite sunk in. It is incredible. I didn’t think I’d take eight and that I did not believe I’d take eight 19, . I reckon that is the best I could bowl.
“Everything I wanted to do so worked. It happened to be one of these days it was unbelievable. It got enjoyable, when it started to reverse. We knew we had to get into their middle order and place pressure on these as 280 was a very long way off.
“In 86-0 we were just thinking if we get one of the openers and the captain which was the objective. They were under pressure, they are young men looking for their very first tournament; we had nothing to lose.
“Can I prefer to finish next or spoil Somerset’s celebration? I wished to spoil the party by a very long way. They celebrated against us in the One-Day Cup closing so that we wanted to provide them a hard work for next week against Essex.”
Somerset captain Tom Abell:
“They had three international cricketers who took control of the game in their opinion. We’re second best in most aspects. We believed we were in with a shot at the start of the afternoon but we went through a spell in which we dropped seven wickets for just not runs.
“Hats off to Kyle Abbott. He was unbelievable through the sport. He’s the ball tailing and we needed to accommodate as batters. He targeted at the stumps and also there have been many lbws and bowleds.
“There is a enormous amount of excitement around Somerset cricket at the moment and we are desperate to deliver the Championship.
“This week has not gone our way but we’ve got a great opportunity . We’ll dust ourselves down until the Essex game.”
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Analysis and comment by the cricket correspondent of the BBC.

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