Much to the joy and delight of all Cidermen fans Jack Leach was back to his very best, and played a major part in helping Somerset to beat Gloucestershire by the biggest margin in the history of first class matches between the two sides- an innings and 246 runs, with a day to spare, writes Richard Walsh.

The local hero claimed five for 49 in the first innings and followed that up with three for 41 in the second to end with match figures of eight for 90.

Earlier this week I caught up with Jack who chatted about the game and his own performance.

“I was very pleased with the result. It’s been a tough start to the season, so to back up the result against Warwickshire like this was a big win for us, and after a week off we managed to keep that momentum going

“It was a pretty complete performance from us as a team with lots of contributions so it was very pleasing all round.”

Leach then talked abut his bowling at Bristol where he sent down 45.5 overs, 17 of which were maidens.

“I have probably been waiting for that opportunity. I was starting to feel my groove during the second innings of the Warwickshire game so it was just nice to be able to carry that on in that Gloucestershire game. At Bristol the wicket was pretty good in the centre, but there was a little bit of rough to play with to the left handers, and I feel that I am using those conditions better than I have done before. I feel really good bowling to left handers.

“I feel like I am moving my game on again from where I was in the winter so that's a nice bit of confidence for me.”

The left arm spinner went on: “I really enjoy bowling for Somerset especially when it helps us to get a win and gives us the chance to sing the song.

“The lads have stuck together really well in the first part of the season and you find out a lot about yourselves and the team when things aren’t going your way. The way that we have bounced back from those first three games is a real positive and something we need to take forward.

"The thing is in championship cricket there are no easy sides in division one. Hants have been in good form this season and a are a good team, but that doesn't count for anything- its about who plays the better cricket over the four days, so its important that we hit these four days with e same intensity that we did in the last two games.

“Its really good to be playing back in Taunton in front of our own crowd.In the last game against Warwickshire there was a brilliant crowd over the weekend and on that last day the crowd got right behind us and it was really special.”

Leach added: “We get a great crowd here in Taunton for all formats of cricket, which is a bit unusual and we really thankful for that support so we are all really excited to be playing another home game.”