County Championship: Somerset beat Gloucestershire by an innings and 246 runs

Jack Leach


Jack Leach took his 23rd five-wicket haul in first-class cricket
LV= County Championship Division One, Seat Unique Stadium, Bristol (day three)
Somerset 591-7 dec: Abell 142, Renshaw 94, Gregory 89, Lammonby 76, Hildreth 53
Gloucestershire 186: Leach 5-49 & 159: Bethell 61; Leach 3-41
Somerset (23 pts) beat Gloucestershire (1 pt) by an innings & 246 runs
Match scorecard

Somerset steamrollered Gloucestershire’s patched-up team to complete a record-breaking County Championship victory by an innings and 246 runs inside three days at Bristol.

It was Somerset’s biggest ever margin of victory over their arch-rivals, which was previously by an innings and 170 at Taunton back in 1893 – a match in which WG Grace featured for the visitors.

Gloucestershire, whose injury problems increased with the loss of skipper Graeme van Buuren, were bowled out for 186 in their first innings from an overnight 119-4, Jack Leach finishing with 5-49 from 25.4 overs.

There was no respite for a home side including three…