Five-star Thomas shines for Somerset

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Alfonso Thomas

Alfonso Thomas took five wickets as Somerset kept their title hopes alive with victory over Nottinghamshire at Taunton

Alfonso Thomas grabbed a second-innings five-wicket haul as Somerset recorded their fourth LV= County Championship victory in five outings, beating Nottinghamshire by 10 wickets at Taunton.

The victory, achieved with more than a day to spare, earned Marcus Trescothick's side 24 points and keeps their hopes of lifting the coveted title for the first time very much alive.

Resuming their first innings on 278 for five, Nottinghamshire captain Chris Read, unbeaten on 75 overnight, opened his account with an early boundary off Charl Willoughby.

The left-arm seamer had the last laugh, though, having Read caught by wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter for 80 as he pushed forward to the last ball of the 81st over - the first with the new ball.

Read had added 157 for the sixth wicket with Samit Patel, before being dismissed with the score on 287.

Patel reached his century when he edged Willoughby through the vacant third slip area, but in the next over he was leg before for 104 as he played back to Thomas.

Andre Adams was caught behind for 20 attempting to drive Willoughby, who struck twice more to wrap up the innings, trapping Paul Franks leg before and two balls later bowling Charlie Shreck as the visitors were all out for 339.

In the morning session, Willoughby took 4-26 runs from 6.3 overs to end with 6-101.

Trescothick enforced the follow-on and, batting for a second time 178 runs behind, the visitors lost Matt Wood, lbw to the increasingly dangerous Willoughby with the score on one.

Alex Hales, who made 28, stepped down the wicket to Murali Kartik and edged to Kieswetter shortly after lunch.

Thomas then had Patel caught at first slip by Trescothick for one, leaving the visitors reeling on 42 for three.

Mark Wagh was joined by David Hussey and took the total on to 93 before Wagh was lbw for 45 pushing forward to Zander de Bruyn.

When Willoughby replaced de Bruyn at the Old Pavilion End, Ali Brown – on 16 - gave a chance which Kieswetter just failed to take diving to his right.

De Bruyn's return to the attack paid dividends when he bowled Hussey, shouldering arms, for 30, and Thomas had Read caught by de Bruyn shortly after.

Thomas then had Paul Franks taken by James Hildreth for one at backward square-leg in his next over and pinned Brown in front for 47.

The visitors went ahead when Adams edged Kartik through first slip to the boundary, but the left-arm spinner got his revenge when he trapped Adams leg before in his next over.

Thomas claimed the final wicket when he bowled Shreck for three as Nottinghamshire were all out for 190, giving him final figures of 5-40 from 14.4 overs.

Needing 13 for victory, Somerset reached their target in 11 balls.

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