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Hosts tied up in Notts by Somerset ace Jack.

SOMERSET started the season with back-to-back victories in the County Championship after a comprehensive victory over Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

Spinners Jack Leach recorded figures of six for 36 as the home side were bowled out for 126 in their second innings, giving the West Country side victory by an innings and 14 runs.

Jack Brooks, who had taken the first two wickets to fall on the second evening, returned to finish off Nottinghamshire and ended with four for 22.

Resuming on their overnight position of 25 for two, Ben Slater and nightwatchman Luke Fletcher eased their way against pace during the opening hour but were then undone by the introduction of spin.

Called upon for the first time in the match, Leach needed only six deliveries before striking. Slater, shortly after the 50 partnership had been brought up, was tempted to push forward and was smartly stumped by Steven Davies for 34. The England man then bagged another wicket a couple of overs later, turning the ball sharply to bowl Joe Clarke for two.

Leach improved his figures to three for eight with the scalp of Fletcher, who faced 78 deliveries for his 21 before hoisting the ball out to Craig Overton at cover.

Davies claimed his second stumping of the day soon after lunch, with Steven Mullaney dragged forward by the spinner, who then had Tom Moores sharply taken at short leg by Marcus Trescothick.

The same fielder moved to short midwicket to bag a simple offering from Luke Wood off Brooks, leaving the hosts on 120 for eight.

Samit Patel had briefly tried to mount a counterattacked but was then given out lbw to Leach for 24 and the end came when Stuart Broad hoisted Brooks into the hands of Azhar Ali at long leg. | In-form Gareth Roderick narrowly missed out on a century as Gloucestershire scored 350 in reply to Derbyshire's 291 to gain the upper hand on day three at Bristol.

Derbyshire then subsided to 18 for two and will almost certainly have to bat for a further two sessions on the final day if they are to gain a draw.

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Apr 14, 2019
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