County Championship: Luke Ronchi equals Somerset record

Jamie Overton
Jamie Overton's figures were his best in the Championship this summer
LV= County Championship Division One, Taunton (day one, close)
Hampshire 240: Vince 60, Carberry, 59; J Overton 4-37
Somerset 147-0: Abell 70no, Trescothick 67no
Hampshire lead by 93 runs
Hampshire 1pt, Somerset 3pts
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Wicketkeeper Luke Ronchi equalled a Somerset record with seven catches as they bowled out Hampshire for 240 on the opening day at Taunton.

James Vince (60) and Michael Carberry (59) gave the visitors a good start, but their last seven wickets fell for only 68 runs in 19 overs.

Jamie Overton (4-37) and Jim Allenby (3-54) were the main beneficiaries of New Zealander Ronchi's safe hands.

And Somerset were 147-0 at stumps, with Marcus Trescothick 67 and Tom Abell 70.

Safe pair of hands
Rob Turner was the first Somerset wicketkeeper to take seven catches in an innings against Northants in 2001

Somerset went into the vital relegation battle third from bottom of the Division One table, five points ahead of Hampshire, with Worcestershire, who are not involved in the current round of matches, a further eight points back.

And having agreed a new one-year contract with the county, Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick's decision to ask the visitors to bat after winning the toss, ultimately proved a good one.

After Jimmy Adams was run out in the 13th over, Carberry and Vince took the score to 117 before the former edged a ball from Overton to Ronchi, and thus failed to convert a fifty into a hundred for the eighth time this summer.

Both batsmen hit 11 fours, but Vince was unable to go on to a major innings either as he was caught by Allenby at first slip off Lewis Gregory, and thereafter Liam Dawson (48) was the only batsman to offer prolonged resistance.

He was the last to go, bowled by Overton, and Abell, whose half-century only took 59 balls, and Trescothick underlined Somerset's dominance on the day with their unbroken stand.

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