London - Craig
Overton and Marcus Trescothick joined forces for a first-class
hat-trick the like of which had not been seen for more than a hundred
years in English cricket as Somerset completed an innings win over
Nottinghamshire in their final County Championship match of the season
at Trent Bridge on Wednesday.
England paceman Overton's treble came just a day after Somerset
captain Tom Abell had achieved the same feat and was remarkable in that
all three of his dismissals were achieved via catches from Marcus
In the process veteran former England batsman Trescothick became the
first county outfielder since GJ Thompson of Northamptonshire in 1914 to
be involved in three consecutive dismissals off as many balls.
Nottinghamshire started the third day on 115 for three but within 10
minutes the hosts had been reduced to 119 for six as Somerset, the First
Division runners-up behind champions Surrey, surge to an innings and
Left-hander Ben Slater fell for 49 when he edged the ninth ball of the day to Trescothick at second slip.
The next two balls produced near identical dismissals, with
right-handers Samit Patel and Riki Wessels nicking into the safe hands
of Trescothick, who at the age of 42 has signed a new contract that will
extend his career with south-west county Somerset into a 27th year in
This was Overton's second first class hat-trick, after he took one
for MCC against the-then champion county Middlesex in Abu Dhabi last