Tuesday, May 5th, 2015

County Bowlers Seal First Win Of The Season In Emphatic Fashion

County Bowlers Seal First Win Of The Season In Emphatic Fashion

Worcestershire registered their first win of the season in emphatic style as they crushed Somerset by an innings and 62 runs in the LV= County Championship Division One clash at New Road.

Charlie Morris, Jack Shantry and Joe Leach shared the 10 wickets as Somerset were bowled out for 90 in just 32 overs in their second innings.

Morris again did the initial damage with his second destructive new ball spell of the match reducing Somerset to 16-3 – including skipper Marcus Trescothick for a duck.

He finished with figures of 13-3-38-4 and his best ever match return of 9-109.

Leach chipped in with two more crucial wickets and then Shantry's perseverance brought him the final four wickets in the space of 17 balls.

It was an all-round excellent performance by the home side who maintained over two and a half days the quality they had demonstrated for periods against Yorkshire and Sussex.

Alex Gidman's innings of 78 on the opening day was crucial after Worcestershire had lost early wickets and laid the foundations for the outstanding Ben Cox-Joe Leach partnership of 168 in 40 overs.

Morris took the new ball from the Diglis End and struck with his second delivery when Trescothick pushed forward and was bowled for a duck.

The Worcestershire paceman then broke through in successive overs to dismiss Johann Myburgh and Tom Cooper.

Myburgh (6) jabbed at a Morris delivery and keeper Ben Cox held onto a good low catch away to his right.

Then Cooper was comprehensively bowled for seven to leave Somerset perched on 16-3.

Leach got in on the wicket-taking act by also striking twice in two overs.

Jim Allenby (1) was bowled and then Alex Barrow (0) drove loosely and was caught by Alex Gidman at first slip to leave Somerset on 19-5.

Peter Trego seemed intent on an ultra aggressive approach but after making 14 he lofted Morris to deep mid wicket and Sachithra Senanayake held onto a good catch.

Morris then had figures of 8.3-3-13-4. James Hildreth and Lewis Gregory added 38 for the seventh wicket but then Shantry got in on the wicket-taking act in devastating fashion.

He had Gregory (14) caught behind – Cox's seventh catch of the match – to the last ball before lunch and then quickly sealed a Worcestershire victory after the resumption.

Hildreth (35) pushed forward and was adjudged lbw, Craig Overton (0) followed in the same fashion and Alfonso Thomas (0) lofted into the hands of Leach at mid on.