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Former South Africa pacer Kyle Abbott breaks record by taking 17 wickets for Hampshire 
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Former South Africa pacer Kyle Abbott breaks record by taking 17 wickets for Hampshire 

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.  

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. 

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