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    Somerset bowls out Notts as Overton signals return from back surgery
Somerset bowls out Notts as Overton signals return from back surgery
Craig Overton took three valuable wickets. Source: Getty Images

Somerset bowls out Notts as Overton signals return from back surgery

Craig Overton signalled his return to form and fitness following back surgery over the winter as Somerset bowled out Nottinghamshire for 193 on the opening day of their Vitality County Championship First Division clash at Taunton.

The England all-rounder took 3 for 57 from 18 impressive overs to help the hosts post the maximum bowling score after winning the toss. Only Matt Montgomery (48) and Joe Clarke (39) offered much resistance on a bright and blustery day.

There were two wickets apiece for Lewis Gregory and Michael Pretorius. In reply, Somerset were 116 for 1, Sean Dickson (70 not out) and Matt Renshaw (34) having put on an opening stand of 111.

The innings began with a brief and somewhat peculiar innings from Haseeb Hameed. He aimed an extravagant cover drive at a wide Overton delivery off the first ball without making contact, missed the second and then dragged the third delivery onto his stumps with a repeat of his first shot.

Ben Slater and Will Young were more cautious in their partnership of 49, although Overton deserved better than 1 for 13 from his opening spell, with a number of outside edges.

Gregory has made an excellent start to the season after being appointed Somerset's red-ball captain, and he struck twice in the morning session just as the two Notts men were starting to look comfortable.

Slater, on 25, nibbled at a seaming delivery on off stump to edge to wicketkeeper James Rew before Young was trapped lbw on the back foot for 27 with the total on 52.

Clarke and Montgomery saw Notts through to lunch, taking the score to 72 for 3 on a pitch that offered real bounce and some seam movement that seemed to encourage good batting and bowling.

It was the latter, backed by some excellent fielding, that dominated the afternoon session. But first Clarke and Montgomery batted with confidence, taking their fourth-wicket stand to 66 in 21 overs before Clarke took a leading edge to a leg-side delivery from England off-spinner Shoaib Bashir and was caught at mid-wicket. It proved to be a turning point as the wickets kept falling.

With a total of 139, Jack Haynes was caught behind Josh Davey as he pushed forward and departed for 5. Fourteen runs were added before Montgomery, who had faced 84 balls and hit 6 fours, was caught at second slip by Overton, who was bowling well again after moving to the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion end.

Two balls later, the big seamer, who missed Somerset's opening Championship match to complete his post-surgery rehabilitation and looked a little rusty in the second innings at The Oval, struck again when Calvin Harrison was edged to Gregory at first slip.

Suddenly Notts were 153 for seven and in a deep hole. Although Lyndon James and Brett Hutton added 30 each, there was to be no great recovery.

James made his first Taunton wicket since signing with Somerset when he fell to a full-length delivery from South African seamer Pretorius. Hutton was on 20 when he was sent back looking to push a single into the off-side and was run out by a brilliant direct hit from Lewis Goldsworthy running round at point.

Pretorius picked up a second wicket when Luke Fletcher was caught by Rew and Notts was bowled out in 63 overs. Tea was taken before Somerset's reply began in bright sunshine.

Dickson led with some sweetly timed shots, including two swashbuckling strokes through point off James to bring up the fifty partnership. A single from leg-spinner Harrison took him to his first Championship half-century at the Cooper Associates County Ground off 68 balls, with nine fours.

Left-hander Renshaw was content to play a supporting role but also looked in good touch until he edged a Harrison delivery that held its line to slip after lofting it for a straight six.

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