Dockrell snares six in Somerset success

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George Dockrell

Durham had no answer to George Dockrell at Taunton as Somerset's young left-arm spinner returned superb second-innings figures of 6-29

George Dockrell claimed his second six-wicket haul at Taunton this season to bowl Somerset to an unlikely three-day LV= County Championship win over Durham.

The 19-year-old Ireland left-arm spinner took 6-29 as the visitors were skittled for 167 in their second innings, having conceded a first-innings deficit of 16.

Set 152 to win, Somerset were 17 for two at one point. But Arul Suppiah, who struck 73, and James Hildreth eased any nerves with a third-wicket stand of 83 as the hosts romped home by five wickets.

The day began with Somerset 357 for eight in their first innings. Peter Trego extended his overnight score of 67 to 89 with some meaty blows before losing his middle stump to Jamie Harrison, who claimed 4-112 on his championship debut.

Dockrell and Jamie Overton scored the remaining 11 runs for maximum batting points and Hildreth immediately declared, hoping his bowlers could take advantage of some rare cloud cover.

Jamie Overton responded by having Michael Di Venuto caught in the slips with the total on 36, but there was no sign of the carnage to come as Durham progressed to 69 for one.

Three wickets then fell without a run added. Mark Stoneman was taken at first slip trying to withdraw the bat from a Craig Overton delivery, Ben Stokes fell to a catch at third slip off the same bowler and Will Smith was snapped up at second slip off Alfonso Thomas.

Paul Collingwood and Ian Blackwell looked to be steadying the ship, only for four wickets to tumble with the total on 131, all to Dockrell, bowling from the River End.

Blackwell, Durham’s top scorer with 38, offered up a return catch just as he appeared to be threatening to break loose, while Phil Mustard was caught at short-leg off bat and pad.

Craig Overton took a fine catch above his head at mid-off to account for Liam Plunkett and Callum Thorp was taken by Jamie Overton in the covers.

Suddenly it was 131 for eight and Durham led by only 115. Collingwood, with 32, did his best to lift the total before edging a big shot to Hildreth at slip, giving Dockrell his fifth wicket.

The tall spinner soon made it six by having Harrison caught by Jos Buttler running in from cover, although his figures did not represent a season’s best. He took 6-27 in the opening Championship game against Middlesex.

After losing Alex Barrow first ball and Nick Compton for eight, Somerset needed a positive response. Suppiah supplied it, moving to an attractive half-century off 72 balls, with five fours and three sixes, before falling lbw to Will Smith with only 23 needed.

Somerset took 24 points from the game and Durham seven.

Compton’s dismissal means he still needs 59 for 1,000 first class runs before the end of May. He will probably have one championship innings on the first two days at New Road next week to achieve the milestone.

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