Hussain bowls Somerset to win over Worcestershire

LV County Championship Division One, Taunton
Somerset 309 & 185 beat Worcestershire 238 & 165 by 91 runs
Somerset 22pts, Worcs 4pts
Match scorecard
LV County Championship

Former Worcestershire trialist Gemaal Hussain took a career-best 6-33 to help bowl Somerset to victory at Taunton.

After Australian all-rounder Damien Wright took 6-56 to reduce Somerset, 83-3 overnight, to 185 all out, the visitors were set 257 for victory.

But, after looking well set on 67-1, Worcestershire were bowled out for 165, losing their last nine wickets for 98.

Only former skipper Vikram Solanki (39) offered any lasting resistance as winter signing Hussain cleaned up.

Wright had earlier given Worcestershire hope, despite Jos Buttler holding the visitors up with an unbeaten 46.

But 27-year-old England hopeful Hussain had the final say in a riveting match of fluctuating fortunes.

Rejected by Worcestershire after earning trials with the county second XI in 2007 and again in 2008, Hussain, who made his name last season with Gloucestershire, produced an eight-over spell of four wickets for 17 runs.

There was no suggestion of the clatter of wickets to come when Daryl Mitchell (20) and James Cameron (19) took the score to 42.

Mitchell, who hit a career-best 298 on his last visit to Taunton, in 2009, was then yorked by a Charl Willoughby inswinger. But it was Cameron's dismisal which started the rot.

He flashed at a wide ball from Hussain, who had switched to the Old Pavilion End, and was brilliantly caught low down by James Hildreth in the slips.

Hussain then struck twice in the 21st over, removing Moeen Ali to another fine slip catch by Marcus Trescothick before having Alexei Kervezee caught behind for a third-ball duck.

Matt Pardoe was bowled by Peter Trego for a single before the big wicket came with Solanki's departure at 106-6.

Solanki had moved confidently to 39 but stayed motionless with head bowed after driving a simple catch to Trego at extra cover off Hussain.

It was 114 for six at tea, with Gareth Andrew unbeaten on 14. But he fell lbw to Steve Kirby's third ball after the interval and the last threat was removed when Hildreth produced another stunning slip catch to dismiss Wright.


Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes told BBC Hereford & Worcester:

"I felt confident we could get those runs. We just needed two partnerships and we got a good start.

"But there were some big shots thrown in there, which is disappointing.

"We are four games into the season and some of them know their run tallies are low. We want them to look in the mirror and do something about it."