County Championship: Gordon & Patel seal Warwickshire victory

Recordo Gordon
Jamaica-born Gordon was playing in only his fourth first-class game
LV= County Championship Division One, Taunton
Warwickshire 367 & 322-7 dec beat Somerset 286 & 188 by 215 runs
Warwickshire 23 pts, Somerset 5 pts
Match scorecard

Warwickshire kept themselves in the Championship title race and dealt a potentially crucial blow to Somerset's chances with a 215-run win at Taunton.

The home side were bowled out for 188 in the final session of play as Recordo Gordon took 4-53 and Jeetan Patel 4-64.

Peter Trego was last to go for 42, having resisted for over two hours, but no other Somerset batsman reached 30.

One of Gordon's victims was Nick Compton, who was brilliantly caught on the boundary for 24 by Jonathan Trott.

Compton pulled a short ball from Gordon, making his first Championship appearance of the summer, out towards the deep square leg boundary where Trott parried it up into the air with one hand and managed to complete the catch without stepping onto the rope.

County cricket spin king
Jeetan Patel is one of only three bowlers to have taken more than 100 Championship wickets since the start of last season - the others are Glamorgan's Michael Hogan and Steve Magoffin of Sussex, both seamers

And Trott was patrolling the same area again later on as he caught Trego to bring the game to an end and give 22-year-old Gordon the best figures of his brief first-class career.

Somerset began the final day on 1-0, chasing a theoretical target of 404, but lost skipper Marcus Trescothick early, when he was lbw to off-spinner Patel for four.

Oliver Hannon-Dalby struck twice in three balls as Johann Myburgh (23) edged to first slip and Tom Abell had his off stump knocked out the ground as he offered no stroke.

Patel continued to wheel away, sending down 32 overs, and claimed his 50th victim of the summer when Alex Barrow was caught behind after a stand of 48 with Trego for the sixth wicket.

The final four wickets went down in the space of eight overs, three of them to Gordon, as Warwickshire established themselves as the main challengers to Yorkshire and Notts, despite the absence of a number of senior players.

Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick:

"We just haven't matched up in this game and Warwickshire thoroughly deserved to beat us.

"When you don't compete in the areas in which you have been doing well, it makes it very tough playing against a good side.

"We allowed Warwickshire to build pressure and Jeetan Patel bowled very well."

Warwickshire spinner Jeetan Patel:

"It's tough to win at Taunton, because Somerset have a very good bowling attack plus a quality batting line-up and we came into the game with an inexperienced team

"Everyone contributed. We have momentum as a side and I am fizzing about the rest of the season, because we have so much to play for.

"It's tiring, particularly with the 50-over competition this season, but so enjoyable and I wouldn't have it any other way."

BBC Radio WM 95.6's Mike Taylor:

"Credit for Warwickshire's victory in this enjoyable match should be shared around the team, and it will particularly please them that players given chances by injuries to others made the most of their opportunity.

"Jeetan Patel was as dangerous on the final day as would be expected of an international spinner, but the seam bowlers all helped him to maintain the pressure.

"T20 finals day is on Saturday and Warwickshire have every likelihood of making a 50-over quarter-final too, so the more players Dougie Brown has in form to select from, the better. With that in mind, this match could hardly have gone more smoothly."