Somerset lose grasp on title after Kyle Abbott takes record haul of 17 for 86

Somerset lose grasp on title after Kyle Abbott takes record haul of 17 for 86

England played against Abbott, 32, on their last Test tour of South Africa but he was too nervy in the opening Test in his native Durban and never settled into the rhythm he had here. Abbott, Kagiso Rabada, and Morne Morkel or Duanne Olivier would have been a pace attack as good in their own conditions as Australia’s – but for the devaluation of the rand and ICC’s failure to ring-fence payments to Test players as part of their distribution from global events to countries.
James Vince, in one of his imperious innings, extended his overnight 102 to 142, and his ninth-wicket partnership with Abbott to 119. Somerset’s target of 281 was demanding but the visitors survived Abbott’s new-ball spell and reached 86 without loss.
It was their opening batsman, Murali Vijay, who brought Somerset’s house down. What Vijay had to do, as a Test opener, was to see off Abbott’s second spell and, as an Indian batsman, take on Liam Dawson. But he went to pull a short ball and lobbed a catch to mid-on.
Somerset half-an-hour later were 100 for seven. Tom Banton’s innings was disappointing for one expected to be selected for England’s T20 squad in New Zealand: confronted with a very straight mid-on, Banton was too easily persuaded to aim square of the wicket and missed.

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