County cricket talking points: Essex keep winning … but so do Somerset

Somerset keep finding ways to win games and now have a 15-point lead over Essex with five games to play

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog

To win the pennant, you have to win matches – and to win matches, you need to win the big moments. Somerset continue to deliver that brief with an expected, but nevertheless tricky win over rock bottom Nottinghamshire. Having decided to bat at Taunton, the home side were 145-6 halfway through the first afternoon, before Steve Davies and Dom Bess made half centuries to lift their side to 326 all out. Bess (showing the benefit of that loan spell at Yorkshire) then helped himself to a fivefer to secure a lead of 85, but Azhar Ali’s 65 not out was the only score of note as a gettable target of 255 was set. Leach and Bess were in business again with six wickets between them, but Jamie Overton shot out the tail and 22 points were in the bag. Someone always stands up for Somerset.

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