Craig Overton

Takeoff: Craig Overton celebrates © Getty Images

Somerset 463 (Hildreth 137, Trescothick 71, Gurney 6-106) won Nottinghamshire 133 (C Overton 4- 27) and 184 (Mullaney 54) for one inning and 146 races

Craig Overton picked up a hat-trick when Somerset rounded out an impressive season with a win over Nottinghamshire in their final Specsavers County Championship game of the season.

Overton's feat came a day after his teammate and team captain, Tom Abell, got a hat-trick at the first chance in Nottinghamshire.

The home team had started the third day at Trent Bridge in 115 for 3, but in 10 minutes it had dropped to 119 for 6, thanks to Overton's three-in-three burst.

The Notts recovered, but could not survive the opening session, being ejected before lunch by 184, leaving the West team to celebrate the victory by one chance and 146 races.

Lefty Ben Slater, who had passed 1000 first-class races during the season during the first part of his innings, threw the ninth ball of the day to Marcus Trescothick in the second slip by 49.

The next two installments were identical to each other, as right-handed Samit Patel and Riki Wessels were placed in the hands of Trescothick, who became the first outfielder since GJ Thompson of Northants in 1914 to receive three consecutive sacks.

For Craig Overton it was a second-class hat-trick, after his exploits for MCC against the Middlesex County champion in Abu Dhabi last year.

"Obviously it was my first time and I sent a couple of softeners, then it went well and I started with the first," he said. "The one who is left-handed [Slater] swayed a bit and bit, then the righties [Patel and Wessels]I always like to play skittles to the right-handers if he swings." Riki's bounced a little and caught the top of the bat. on his way to Three, then I was away in a long race to celebrate. "

Notts, who knew they were already safe from the fall in Division Two, showed some fighting as Ben Duckett and Tom Moores resisted for nearly an hour before Duckett was handed over to Lewis Gregory, who then caught up with Luke Wood from behind. Four.

Josh Davey, who took 3 of 20, completed the paperwork. He caused Moores to be trapped by a stubborn 17 and then immobilized Matt Carter lbw for 22, which included a great out of Craig Overton.

The victory of Somerset also confirmed its status as runner-up in Division One, and will play Notts again next year, who will almost survive on Lancashire, having won one more victory than the Red Rose.

"We do not play well enough and there will be frustrated members out there, we're frustrated because we've had a difficult six weeks to finish the season," said Peter Moores, Notts' head coach. "Our goal was to stay in Division One and we have done it, I looked back over the full 18 months and we won two trophies, we got promotion and we had a pair of quarterfinals of the cup, we had highs and we had difficult days and today has been a difficult day.

"We had a small team and injuries and we have been short this week, but all the credits to Somerset and the way they played."

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