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Kyle Abbott finished with match figures of 17-86 as Hampshire dealt a huge blow to Somerset’s County Championship title hopes in the Ageas Bowl with victory.
Since Somerset were 144 out, chasing 281 Even the Africa paceman followed his first-innings 9-40 with 8-46.
His game figures, that helped his team would be the best by the best in Championship history and also almost any Hampshire bowler ever.
Hampshire captain James Vince had made 142 inside their 226 all out.
The result abandoned Somerset needing to conquer rivals that were nearest Essex in their final game, that gets under way on Monday.
Having started this round of fittings at the top of the Division 1 table, the West Country side could now wind up 12 points adrift in second if Essex are able to beat Surrey in their game.
However, regardless of what the result in that game, the name is sure in what promises to be a thrilling finale to the season, to be decided in the County Ground in Taunton.
Somerset’s chase in the Ageas Bowl appeared a tough one before Vince added his 102 and 40 to extend Hampshire’s benefit .
The England batsman, ably supported by Abbott (25), struck 22 fours before eventually being caught behind off Craig Overton (3-74).
Somerset openers Steven Davies (51) and Murali Vijay (29) then seemed relatively untroubled in seeing them to 86-0, temporarily raising their hopes of pulling off what had looked an unlikely victory.
But another collapse was triggered by the departure of India batsman Vijay, as seven wickets fell for only 14 runs to completely turn the competition on its head.
Having bowled too brief before lunch, Abbott chucked the ball up and wreak havoc throughout the day session, together with Tom Banton and George Bartlett both trapped in front playing throughout the line and Davies (51) edging into the slides to give him three wickets in four balls.
Before Liam Dawson took the penultimate wicket, of Roelof van der Merwe, Abbott had been in with a chance of returning to the second-best outstanding figures of time – next only to Jim Laker’s 19-90 for England.
But he’d at least bowl last man Josh Davey to provide him 17 wickets, the best Championship haul because 1925 – and he has 68 this year at a cost of just 15.70 each.
Hampshire quickly bowler Kyle Abbott:
“It hasn’t quite sunk in. It is incredible. I didn’t think I would take nine and I did not believe I would take eight now. I reckon that is the best I could bowl.
“Everything I wanted to do worked. It happened to be one of these days – it was incredible. When it started to reverse it got fun. We knew we needed to get into their middle order and put pressure on these as 280 was a very long way away.
“At 86-0 we were just thinking if we get one of the openers as well as the captain which was the goal. They had been under pressure, they are guys we’d nothing to lose.
“Can I like to finish third or spoil Somerset’s party? I wanted to spoil the celebration. They observed contrary to us in the One-Day Cup final so that we wanted to give them a hard job for next week from Essex.”
Somerset captain Tom Abell:
“They had three international cricketers who obtained charge of the game in their opinion. We’re second best in all facets. We believed we had been in with a shot at the start of the afternoon where we lost seven wickets for not 29, but we went through a spell.
“Hats off to Kyle Abbott. He was unbelievable through the game. He got the ball tailing and also we all had to accommodate as batters. At the stumps were targeted by him and there were bowleds and also many lbws.
“There is a enormous quantity of excitement across Somerset cricket right now and we are desperate to deliver the Championship.
“This week hasn’t gone our way but we’ve got a fantastic chance weekly. We’ll dust ourselves down until the Essex game”
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