Specsavers County Championship
Division 1
Notts 263 & 126 v Somerset 403

JACK Leach produced a spin bowling master class as Somerset completed a three-day win over Notts by an innings and 14 runs at Trent Bridge.

Leach took 6-36 and seamer Jack Brooks 4-22 as the hosts were all out for just 126 in their second innings.

Continuing from their overnight position of 25-2, the hosts resumed with Ben Slater and nightwatchman Luke Fletcher at the crease.

The pair eased their way against pace during the opening hour of the session but were undone by the introduction of spin.

Called upon for the first time in the match, Leach needed only six deliveries before striking.

Slater, shortly after the 50 partnership had been brought up, was tempted to push forward and was smartly stumped by Steven Davies for 34.

The England international then bagged another wicket a couple of overs later, turning the ball sharply to bowl Joe Clarke for two.

Leach extended his figures to 3-8 with the scalp of Fletcher, who faced 78 deliveries for his 21, before hoisting the ball out to Craig Overton at cover.

Davies claimed his second stumping of the day, soon after lunch, with Steven Mullaney dragged forward by Leach, who then had Tom Moores sharply taken at short leg by Marcus Trescothick.

The same fielder moved to short midwicket to bag a simple offering from Luke Wood, off Brooks, leaving the hosts on 120-8.

Samit Patelhad briefly tried to mount a counter-attack but was then given out lbw to Leach for 24, and the end came when Stuart Broad hoisted Brooks into the hands of Azhar Ali at long leg.

The victory, Somerset’s seventh straight win over Notts, earned them maximum points to become early pace-setters in Division 1.

Their next opponents in the County Championship are defending champions Surrey in a month’s time, after the break for Royal London One-Day Cup action.

Afterwards, Leach said: "You want to be contributing to the team.

"The first couple of days in this match I felt like I hadn’t, so was desperate to contribute, where I could, but the seamers had bowled brilliantly.

"It was nice to get a spell under my belt and things began to happen very quickly after that.

"There’s was the odd one that turned.

"When I first came on there was a little bit of drizzle in t he air and it was skidding on quite well.

"After lunch there was more turn and I just tried to mix my pace up a little bit and play with my angles."