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Chris Woakes helps Warwickshire sink Somerset

LV= COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP, DIVISION ONE, Taunton:
Warwickshire 642 beat Somerset 210 & 50 by an innings and 382 runs
Warwicks 24pts, Somerset 3pts
Match scorecard


Chris Woakes
Woakes also added 129 with the bat to help Warwickshire to an easy win

England hopeful Chris Woakes was the destroyer as Somerset were shot out for just 50 in Warwickshire's county record innings and 382-run win at Taunton.

Chasing Warwickshire's huge 642, Somerset were already in trouble when they resumed on day three, on 147-6.

But, after being dismissed for 210, paceman Woakes taking 6-85, the Bears duly enforced the follow-on.

And Somerset this time truly collapsed, Woakes taking another three wickets to finish with match figures of 9-101.

In-form Woakes, who had also starred with the bat on day two, hitting 129, accounted for Arul Suppiah, Marcus Trescothick and Craig Kieswetter.

And Rikki Clarke ripped through the tail to finishing with figures of 5-10.

Somerset's second innings total was their lowest score since being bowled out for just 40 by Glamorgan at Swansea in 1968.

And, to add to the shock of it happening on Somserset's almost infamous run-laden Taunton track, it proved to be the third lowest total on the ground.

Warwickshire's biggest win in their 117-year County Championship history was also Somerset's second largest defeat - their heaviest since 1895.

Somerset began the day with Peter Trego, unbeaten on 10, driving his first ball to the boundary, but, from then on, it quickly went downhill.

Gemaal Hussain was caught at second slip by Clarke off Woakes before Steve Kirby quickly followed.

After helping put on 45 for the ninth wicket, Ajantha Mendis then became the first of two Woakes victims in successive balls.

Mendis edged a lifting delivery to the slips before Charl Willoughby went first ball to leave Trego stranded on 39.

With Somerset following on still 432 runs behind, Woakes then made it three wickets in four balls when he bowled Suppiah second ball.

Nick Compton followed shortly after, trapped in front by Andrew Miller with the second ball of the third over.

And, just two balls later, James Hildreth was lbw to Miller delivery, leaving Somerset 3-3.

That became 7-4 in the fourth over when Woakes struck again, having Somerset skipper Trescothick caught at cover.

Jos Buttler and Kieswetter briefly halted the collapse.

But, with the score on 30, Kieswetter was caught by Porterfield off Woakes for 13. And Clarke rattled through Somerset's tailenders to wrap up the win with a day to spare.


BBC Sport's Kevin Howells:

"To explain 50 all out is beyond Marcus Trescothick. To go much further than the bowling was outstanding and the batting abysmal is maybe pointless.

"Batting conditions had worsened on the second morning and improved by the third - or so we thought.

"But importantly Warwickshire's attack kept making the Somerset batsman play, giving them no let-up at all.

"To talk too much of Trescothick's decision to bowl first is missing the point. His bowlers didn't perform well enough and by the time things improved on Friday the damage was done. But as much as I'm trying I can't explain 50 all out. So why don't we just say, Woakes, Miller, Clarke, and the rest well done. That was special."

BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin:

"It's only the first game of the season but already observers are wondering if they've underestimated Warwickshire's prospects.

"Their batting was the weakness in last season's relegation struggle but there are signs that players like Chopra, Maddy and Ambrose are getting back to the sort of form they're capable of and with the additions of Porterfield and Mohammad Yousuf, who'll make his debut at New Road, runs will surely be more abundant than in 2010.

"And the team appears to have a nice balance about it with a bowling attack which has depth. Chris Woakes continues his emergence as a top-class all-rounder, although his performance makes it more likely that the Bears will lose him to England during the summer.

"Rikki Clarke finished last season well and has brought that form into the start of this campaign and Andy Miller deserves a mention. His figures may suggest he played a secondary role but he actually bowled very well throughout the game.

"New captain Jim Troughton will have more testing games to lead the team through. He'll no doubt stick with the pre-season target of a top four place but perhaps the Bears should be regarded as Championship dark horses."



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see also
Woakes puts more woe on Somerset
15 Apr 11 |  Counties
Chopra ton puts Bears in control
14 Apr 11 |  Counties


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