Kyle Abbott claims Hampshire's best ever bowling figures as South African takes 17 wickets in Somerset scalp
Kyle Abbott tore through Somerset on Wednesday to claim Hampshire’s best match bowling figures and the fourth finest in County Championship history.
The South African paceman’s 17 for 86 at the Ageas Bowl — eight for 46 on Wednesday to go with his first-innings nine for 40 — secured a 136-run win and delivered a hammer blow to Somerset’s hopes of a maiden title triumph.
Essex — who thrashed Surrey by an innings at Chelmsford on Wednesday with their own South African, Simon Harmer, taking seven for 58 — now lead the table by 12 points going into next week’s crunch final match at Taunton. Abbott tweeted Essex last night: ‘You’re welcome…’
Kyle Abbott of Hampshire walks off after taking 17 wickets in the match against Somerset
The 32-year-old revealed he had wanted to ‘spoil Somerset’s party’ as payback for Hampshire’s defeat in the Royal London Cup final in May.
‘We put a lot of pressure on them,’ said Abbott. ‘We let them know that if they mess up, it’s gone. There’s a lot of pressure on winning this Championship.’
Somerset, set 281 to win, cruised to 86 without loss. Then Abbott got to work in a devastating spell, hustling out six batsmen in as many overs as seven wickets fell for just 14 runs.
He returned to take two more scalps, finishing the game by uprooting Josh Davey’s off-stump, and now Essex must only avoid defeat at Taunton to claim an eighth Championship title.
Abbott is congratulated by his team-mates after taking the final wicket of Josh Davey