Woakes and Clarke ruin Somerset
Chris Woakes underlined his England credentials and Rikki Clarke made hay against a woeful Somerset as Warwickshire wrapped up a crushing innings-and-382-run win well inside three days at Taunton.
Woakes, who made his England debut on the limited-overs leg of the Ashes tour but was omitted from the World Cup squad, completed first-innings figures of 6-85 before sparking Somerset’s slide to 50 all out shortly after lunch today.
His second-innings return of 3-16 capped a wonderful individual display that also included a century in Warwickshire’s total of 642, while Clarke ran through the tail in claiming 5-10 off 3.4 overs.
Somerset were left to reflect on a defeat that will not only have a detrimental effect on their confidence, but also makes pre-season claims that they should be considered LV= County Championship favourites appear a tad premature.
Somerset resumed their first innings this morning on 147 for six, needing a further 346 to make Warwickshire bat again, but were dismissed for 210.
Naturally, Warwickshire enforced the follow-on and the hosts were even more abject second time around. They never recovered from slipping to seven for four as they were bowled out in a scarcely believeable 14.4 overs.
The day began brightly enough for Somerset as Peter Trego, who resumed unbeaten on 10, straight-drove the first ball of the day to the boundary.
From there it quickly went awry as Woakes added to the three wickets he took yesterday evening.
Gemaal Hussain was caught at second slip, Ajantha Mendis edged a lifter to Ant Botha in the slips and Charl Willoughby hoisted the next delivery to Boyd Rankin at wide mid-on.
In the midst of that, Andrew Miller accounted for Steve Kirby, while Trego was left stranded on 39 not out.
Following on a daunting 432 behind, Somerset’s second innings unravelled in even more alarming fashion.
Woakes and Miller did the early damage, the former bowling Arul Suppiah in his first over as he offered no shot before Miller trapped Nick Compton and James Hildreth lbw in the space of three balls.
Woakes struck again in his next over when Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick, pushing forward, was taken at cover by Will Porterfield.
Jos Buttler and Craig Kieswetter stemmed the fall of wickets briefly but the former was also held by Porterfield as he looked to punch off the back foot, and Clarke made short work of a spineless tail to cap a thoroughly dominant Warwickshire performance.