Craig Overton took a hat-trick – the second by a Somerset bowler in two days – in his side’s innings victory over Nottinghamshire.
Following on from Somerset skipper Tom Abell, who hit the headlines with his first-innings hat-trick at Trent Bridge, Overton removed Ben Slater, Samit Patel and Riki Wessels in successive balls with all three falling victim to slip catches by Marcus Trescohitck.
It was the 24-year-old paceman’s second first-class hat-trick, after his exploits for MCC against champion county Middlesex in Abu Dhabi last year.
“Obviously it was my first over and I sent down a couple of looseners, then it came out all right and I got going with the first one,” said the ex-England Test bowler.
“The one to the left-hander Slater swung a bit and nipped away, then it was the right-handers Patel and Wessels. I always enjoy bowling to right-handers if it’s swinging. The one to Riki bounced a little bit and caught the top of the bat on its way to Tres.
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“Then I was away on a long run to celebrate.”
Notts, who knew they were already safe from the drop into Division Two, showed some fight as Ben Duckett and Tom Moores resisted for almost an hour before the former Northants man was given out lbw to Lewis Gregory, who then had Luke Wood caught behind for four.
Josh Davey, who took three for 20, finished off the home side by having Moores caught behind for a dogged 17 and pinning Matt Carter lbw for 22.