Hampshire’s right-arm fast bowler Kyle Abbott created history by scalping 17 wickets in a first-class match played as a part of the County Championship Division One. Playing against Somerset, the South African pacer picked up 9 wickets in the first innings, before dismissing 8 batsmen in the next innings, to finish with a total of 17 wickets from the match.
Somerset squared off against Hampshire in a match of the County Championship Division One at Southampton, where Hampshire won the toss and elected to bat first. Liam Dawson’s hundred helped the Hampshire team post a total of 196 on the board. In reply, Abbott’s 9 wickets for 40 wickets dismantled the opposition batting line-up as Somerset were shot out for 142 runs.
Next, skipper James Vince scored a century for Hampshire to set a target of 271 runs for their rivals. The right-arm fast bowler from South Africa ran through Somerset once again as he scalped 8 wickets for 46 runs to send them packing for 144 runs.
Ultimately, Hampshire won the match by 136 runs. Kyle Abbott’s figures of 35.2-12-86-17 are now the best performance by any Hampshire bowler ever. This was also the 4th best performance in the history of County Cricket.
Jim Laker still holds the record for the best match figures in first-class matches, as he had taken 19 wickets for England in a Test match against Australia played in 1956. F.W. Lillywhite and H.A. Arkwright are the only two bowlers to have taken 18 wickets in a first-class match. On the County Cricket leader-board, C. Blythe (17-48), C.W.L. Parker (17-56) and A.P. Freeman (17-67) hold the top three positions followed by Abbott at number 4.
Also, this is the best ever spell in first-class cricket since 1956 i.e. when Jim Laker took 19 wickets for England. With this win, Hampshire has grabbed the 3rd position on the County Championship Division One points table while Somerset still holds the top spot with 208 points from 13 matches.
More records were broken. Some incredible cricket and a lot of joy for the true fans of the game. What a year of cricket this has been and we hope more follows, as the season draws to a close, in the next few months.