County Championship: Bears complete win over Somerset

Warwickshire batsman Laurie Evans
Laurie Evans passed 600 Championship runs for the season as Warwickshire reached their target
LV= County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Somerset 265 & 170: Abell 88; Clarke 4-43, Patel 4-47
Warwickshire 365 & 74-3: Evans 36no, Westwood 16
Warwickshire won by seven wickets
Somerset 4 pts, Warwickshire 22 pts
Match scorecard

Warwickshire moved up to second in the Division One table as they completed a seven-wicket win over Somerset on the final morning at Edgbaston.

Set just 71 to win, the Bears knocked off the runs in 28.3 overs, but lost three wickets in the process.

Alfonso Thomas, Jim Allenby and Craig Overton were the successful bowlers, with Jonathan Trott caught off the latter for a seven-ball duck.

Laurie Evans (36 not out) and Sam Hain (10no) saw Warwickshire home on 74-3.

It was Warwickshire's fifth victory of the summer and lifted them above Middlesex and Durham, although the north-east county will claim second spot if they win their current game against Hampshire.

Resuming on 6-0, they lost skipper Varun Chopra to the second ball of the day when he edged Thomas to first slip.

Ian Westwood followed in similar fashion and Trott clipped a catch to mid-wicket as the promising Overton finished with match figures of 7-86.

Evans, however, hit seven fours, including the winning boundary off Allenby.

And Hain remained unbeaten for the second time in the game, with his first-innings 103 not out a key part in Warwickshire's success.

Warwickshire director of cricket Dougie Brown:

"It was a disciplined performance from our guys with a lot of important contributions.

"It is easy to pick out Sam Hain's century, which was a great knock, and the bowling of Jeetan Patel and Rikki Clarke, which was clearly important, but there were also a lot of smaller contributions from a lot of players.

"We have been very strong over all three full days of the match and then this morning it was a shame to lose three wickets but we saw the job through."

Somerset captain Marcus Trescothick:

"We were 100 runs short in the first innings, that was what damaged us, and that is what the problem has been for us all season - getting scores on the board.

"Our bowling has been strong in most games but the batting is a problem, there is no doubt it. Why? That's the million-dollar question.

"There are a lot of factors involved and confidence certainly is a part of it and that can be affected when you are under pressure.

"Everybody is different and has to deal with it in their own way but there is no quick fix. You just have to back hard work and graft to get you through."