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Kyle Abbott finished with match figures of 17-86 as Hampshire dealt a blow to Somerset’s County Championship title hopes with victory.
Since Somerset were 144 all out, chasing 281, Even the ex-South Africa paceman followed closely using 8-46.
His game figures, which helped his team to some 136-run win, would be the best by almost any Hampshire bowler ever and the fourth best in Championship history.
Hampshire captain James Vince had previously made 142 in their 226 out.
Somerset needing to beat nearest rivals Essex in their final game, which gets under way on Monday, 23 September was abandoned by the result.
Having begun this round of fixtures at the top of this Division One table, the West Country side could find themselves 12 points adrift in second if Essex can beat against Surrey in their match.
But, regardless of what the result in that game, the title is sure in what claims to be quite a thrilling finale to the year, to be determined.
The chase at the Ageas Bowl of somerset looked a tough one before Vince added 40 to his overnight 102 to expand the advantage of Hampshire to 280.
The England batsman, ably supported by Abbott (25), struck 22 fours before eventually being caught behind off Craig Overton (3-74).
Somerset openers Steven Davies (51) and Murali Vijay (29) then seemed relatively untroubled in seeing these to 86-0, briefly raising their hopes of pulling off what had seemed an unlikely victory.
However, the departure of India batsman Vijay triggered another top-order collapse, as seven wickets fell to turn the contest on its head.
Having bowled too short prior to lunch, Abbott pitched the ball up and wreaked havoc during the afternoon session, together with Tom Banton and George Bartlett both trapped in front playing across the line and Davies (51) edging to the slips to provide him three wickets in four balls.
Before Liam Dawson chose the wicket, of Roelof van der Merwe, Abbott had been in with a possibility of returning the second-best outstanding amounts of time – next only to Jim Laker’s 19-90 for England.
But he did bowl last man Josh Davey to give him 17 wickets, the best Championship haul because 1925 – plus he has 68 this year at a cost of only 15.70 each.
Hampshire quickly bowler Kyle Abbott:
“It hasn’t quite sunk . It is pretty unbelievable. I didn’t think I’d take nine and I didn’t think now I would take eight. I guess that is the best I can bowl.
“Everything I needed to do so worked. It happened to be one of these days it was unbelievable. It got fun, when it started to reverse. We knew we had to get in their order and place pressure on them as 280 was a long way off.
“At 86-0 we’re only thinking if we get one of the openers and the captain which was the objective. They had been under pressure, they are men we’d nothing to lose.
“Can I like to finish next or spoil Somerset’s celebration? I wished to spoil the celebration. They celebrated against us in the One-Day Cup final so we wanted to give them a tough job for next week against Essex.”
Somerset captain Tom Abell:
“They had three global cricketers who obtained control of the match in their opinion. We’re second best in all facets. We believed we had been in with a chance at the beginning of the day in which we lost seven wickets for just not lots of 29, but we went through a spell.
“Hats off to Kyle Abbott. He was unbelievable throughout the match. He got the ball and we all needed to accommodate as batters. He targeted at the stumps and there have been lbws and bowleds.
“There is a huge amount of excitement across Somerset cricket right now and we are desperate to deliver the Championship.
“This week hasn’t gone our way but we’ve got a great opportunity next week. We will dust ourselves down until the Essex game.”
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Analysis and view by the cricket correspondent of the BBC.
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