"We couldn’t have wished to start any better," said Somerset captain Tom Abell, after seeing his side defeat Northamptonshire inside two days at Wantage Road.

A 167-run victory was completed on Sunday afternoon, making it two wins from two for Somerset in the Bob Willis Trophy, as the bowling attacks dominated proceedings.

Somerset were themselves restricted to 166 and 222, but their deadly seam attack dismissed their hosts for 67 (Northants' lowest ever total against Somerset, beating the 95 scored at Bath in 1913) and 154 to secure victory.

Somerset won the toss, opted to bat, only to find themselves 7-3 as Brandon Glover accounted for Eddie Byrom and Abell.

James Hildreth's 32 was the high score for the visitors as they struggled to 114-9 - Ben Sanderson claiming 5-28 - and it took more batting heroics from number 11 Jack Brooks (36), alongside Roelof van der Merwe (20*) this time, to get them up to 166 all out.

Things were looking good for Northants at this point, and they reached 46-1 in reply, with Ben Curran scoring 35.

But Curran's departure, caught by Craig Overton off Josh Davey, proved the turning point as the hosts collapsed to 67 all out in 32 overs.

Overton (4-12) and Davey (3-23) were particularly lethal on a first day's play that saw 21 wickets fall, with Somerset closing on 15-1.

Come Sunday, and 50-2 became 53-6 as Sanderson (4-61) again and Gareth Berg (4-64) tore into the visitors' middle order.

Thankfully for Somerset, the Overton twins can bat as well as bowl; Craig's 53 and Jamie's 68 (eight fours and four sixes - his highest First-Class score to date), combined with 30 from Van der Merwe, took their side to 222, setting Northants 322 to win.

That task looked all the more difficult when they slipped to 51-3, but Ricardo Vasconcelos (52) injected some life into the chase.

He was eventually removed by Davey (2-23), but Charlie Thurston (34) and Luke Procter (26) continued where he had left off.

With the home side up to 148-4 at the start of the 40th over of their second innings, they had hope - but the next two overs brought four wickets.

Jamie Overton (4-26) claimed the first two wickets, including that of Thurston, and Brooks (4-40) the latter two, and the end was nigh.

Northants could only score six runs for the loss of their last six wickets - all out in 43 overs - and Somerset had completed a second consecutive victory to lead the Bob Willis Trophy's Central group.

Abell said afterwards: "We couldn’t have wished to start any better.

"It started a few weeks ago against Gloucestershire in pre-season, we were outstanding there and have been brilliant in two proper games now.

“We’ve done it in different conditions too. Cricket is about adapting to different conditions. Plenty happened over these two days.

“I don’t see the bowlers as just that because they have a huge amount of ability with the bat too.

"But the bowling group with the ball were fantastic."