Former South Africa bowling spearhead Kyle Abbott took 17 wickets in Hampshire's County Championship massive victory over Somerset — etching his name in the history books with best figures in first-class cricket for 63 years.
Abbott delivered thunderbolts spell after spell and achieved a record breaking feat by claiming 17-86 — the best ever for Hampshire and the best overall since England spinner Jim Laker took 19-90 against Australia in 1956.
WICKET & CLOSE: @Kyle_Abbott87 wraps this match up taking Davey's off stump, leaving @SomersetCCC all out for 1?4?4?!— Hampshire Cricket (@hantscricket) September 18, 2019
Hampshire win their final home match of the season by 136 runs ??
Abbo breaks Hampshire's record for most wickets taken in a match with 17 wickets! pic.twitter.com/ELFNxideqY
Abbott took 9-40 in the first innings and wasn't done with the carnage and without dropping his intensity, he claimed 8-46 in the second act, effectively annihilating Somerset's batting line-up by displaying his jaw-dropping bowling dexterity to the world.
This is Championship's first 17-wicket haul for 80 years. Somerset, who just needed 281 to win, abysmal batting got them bundled out on a paltry 144 in their second innings.
Somerset's third loss of the season means they are likely to face a rough ride as they will need to defeat their title rivals Essex at Taunton next week if they are to keep their title hopes alive.