Six-wicket Jack Leach spins Somerset to innings victory over Nottinghamshire

• Notts lose last eight wickets for 60 in second innings
• Essex hold off Surrey pacemen, Dan Lawrence falls short of 100

England spinner Jack Leach’s six for 36 inspired Somerset to their second successive victory of the season. Leach, playing in his first match of the year, started the enchantment with his sixth ball of the day as Ben Slater was tempted forward into a prod and was stumped. He then squeezed a ball through Joe Clarke’s defences – out for two – and with guile tickled out the rest, as Nottinghamshire slumped to 126 all out, defeat by an innings and 14 runs. Notts lost their last eight wickets for 60, with Jack Brooks, who moved from Yorkshire over the winter, finishing with four for 22.

Somerset’s next county championship game is against last year’s champions Surrey, whose game against Essex at the Oval seemed to be meandering towards a draw. Essex were not intimidated by Surrey’s powerful seam attack, though there was disappointment for Dan Lawrence who fell seven short of a century in the morning sun. But the Essex captain Ryan ten Doeschate’s 130 and a quickfire 41 from Peter Siddle gave their side a first-innings lead of 53. By stumps, Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman had given Surrey a small lead.

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