Sam Hain dominates with unbeaten 83 in massive score against Somerset as Warwickshire eye first County Championship title since 2012
- Warwickshire reached a sizeable score of 283-4, thanks to Sam Hain’s clean 83
- If the Bears score a further 67 in 14 overs, they will secure a fourth batting point
- That means their fate in the County Championship will all but be in their hands
A clean-hit unbeaten 83 from Sam Hain has given Warwickshire an excellent chance of claiming their first Championship title since 2012, as they reached 283 for four against Somerset.
If they score a further 67 in 14 overs on Wednesday morning to secure a fourth batting point, Warwickshire’s fate will all but be in their hands.
Win this game and — assuming they have collected three bowling points, and Lancashire don’t recover to make 400 against Hampshire — the trophy will be theirs.
Warwickshire batsman Sam Hain (right) put his side in a strong position with a clean-hit 83*
Craig Overton (r) celebrates after Dom Sibley was dismissed for 56; the Bears reached 283-4
Hain built on the spadework of Test discard Dom Sibley, who chugged along at a run an over before edging Jack Brooks to keeper Steven Davies for 56, and captain Will Rhodes (60).
Hain added a more urgent 122 for the fourth wicket with Matthew Lamb, who came close to being run out at the non-striker’s end by Craig Overton.
The bowler had threatened to ‘mankad’ Lamb earlier in the over as he wandered out of his ground.
Overton was later involved in a controversial ‘mankad’ incident – but he withdrew his appeal
A couple of balls later, he did remove the bails, only to withdraw his appeal.
‘It got us going and gave us a bit of impetus, which was quite handy,’ said Bears coach Mark Robinson.
‘It looked like a bowler on a slow wicket trying to get some frustration out.’