County cricket talking points: Somerset set early pace in title race

Jack Leach was superb for Somerset as they beat Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge to maintain their 100% record

By Gary Naylor for the 99.94 Cricket Blog

Jack Leach gets all those wickets because he plays at “Ciderabad” doesn’t he? And it’s April, so why play a spinner at all? The Somerset man showed he had plenty about him playing for England in Sri Lanka, the kind of sangfroid to deal with the bad days and the ruthlessness to capitalise on the good ones (and the nous to know that each can transform into the other in the blinking of an eye). The slow left-armer’s 6-36 (supported by Jack Brooks’s 4-22) saw Nottinghamshire collapse to an ignominious innings defeat, sending the visitors to the top of the table with the division’s only 100% record. Earlier, Lewis Gregory backed up last week’s fine bowling with 6-68 in the first innings, and two products of the academy (captain, Tom Abell and George Bartlett) had cashed in with centuries. It’s a little early to be talking about whether this could, at last, be the season for Somerset … isn’t it?

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