• Specsavers County Championship 1m

    Overton strikes double blow before rain arrives

    Jamie Overton claimed two wickets to leave Warwickshire 93/3 before heavy rain curtailed play at Taunton

    Jamie Overton claimed two Warwickshire wickets before rain washed out most of the opening day of the Specsavers County Championship match with Somerset at Taunton.


    After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Warwickshire had moved onto 93 for three by the time the umpires abandoned play for the day shortly before the scheduled tea break with 32.5 overs gone.

    By then a deluge had left much of the outfield under water, but at least Overton (two for 17) could reflect with satisfaction on proceedings.

    Fielding three spinners, Somerset opened their bowling with Peter Trego from the River End and the all-rounder was unlucky to have Ian Westwood, on six, put down at second slip.

    Jamie Overton was then brought into the attack from the Somerset Pavilion End and, with the score on 46, the younger of the North Devon twins claimed Westwood, who appeared to have played on for 21.

    Jonathan Trott saw up the 50 for the visitors when he took a boundary off Jamie Overton to third man, but one run later the bowler yorked Andrew Umeed for 24.

    Jack Leach was brought on at the River End and soon afterwards off-spinner Dom Bess joined him in the attack. But neither seemed to be able to get much help from the wicket.

    With the total on 72 the rain started to fall heavily and the players left the field for an extended lunch. Before the game eventually resumed at 2.10pm left arm spinner Leach was awarded his Somerset cap by former player Vic Marks.

    There was one more wicket for Somerset before the rain set in again at 2.50pm. Craig Overton had Ian Bell well caught at second slip by Marcus Trescothick for eight. Trott is unbeaten on 30 going into Saturday.

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