Dane Paterson picked up a four-fer as Nottinghamshire once again ripped through Somerset to take 13 wickets and emerge victorious on the third day of their LV= Insurance County Championship clash in Taunton.

After the hosts were dismissed for 107 inside the first hour having resumed on 87 for seven, the Green and Golds then enforced the follow on.

Notts proceeded to carry on taking regular wickets, even with Somerset far more watchful than in their first innings.

Ultimately, it was left to Luke Fletcher to wrap up the job an hour into the evening session with Somerset again all out, this time for 181.

The innings-and-160-run victory is Nottinghamshire’s first win in First-Class cricket at Taunton in 36 years, and only Somerset’s second red-ball defeat at home since 2017.

Play began under the same clouds that had covered the ground for most of the previous two days, and in seamer-friendly conditions it took only 40 minutes for the Green and Golds to polish off the hosts’ first innings.

Jack Leach was first to go, nicking Brett Hutton to Joe Clarke at first slip, before Josh Davey followed with a thick edge to Tom Moores off Dane Paterson.

Hutton then uprooted Marchant de Lange’s middle stump to wrap up the innings, and with an advantage of 341 runs, Notts were only too happy to ask the hosts to immediately bat again.

As expected, Somerset were considerably more solid in their defence in their second innings, but talisman Fletcher was able to weaken their resolve by again removing Steve Davies early.

Paterson then picked up the first of his four by dismissing Somerset captain Abell, caught behind, before Fletcher bested James Hildreth with one that nipped back, bowling him as he shouldered arms.

Tom Lammonby was next to go, his firm resistance ended on 34 by Brett Hutton, before a rampant over from Paterson made the prospect of a three-day game very real.

On his return to the attack, Paterson struck thrice in five deliveries to trap Tom Banton lbw, see Roelof van der Merwe caught at square leg and bowl Lewis Goldsworthy, as Somerset fell from 85 for four to 86 for seven.

Some belligerence from Jack Leach, who made 35, held up the victory charge, but once the off-spin of Liam Patterson-White had fooled him into being stumped by Moores, the result was but a formality.

Patterson-White ended an entertaining innings from de Lange, who hit a 29-ball 36, before it fell to Fletcher to knock back Jack Brooks’ off stump and seal a crushing victory. 


Nottinghamshire continue their quest for red-ball glory at home to Lancashire, from 10.30am on Sunday 5 September.

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