Ben Stokes stars as Somerset suffer first defeat of season

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Ben Stokes performed impeccably with the ball once again as Durham took just five sessions to beat Somerset by an innings and six runs in their Vitality County Championship clash at the Seat Unique Riverside.
Stokes, who claimed figures of four for 23, was backed up by Ben Raine, Peter Siddle and Paul Coughlin as they skittled a rejigged Somerset batting line-up who were battling illness and injury.
Concussion substitute-turned five-wicket hero Jake Ball took the prize wicket of Division One's leading run scorer David Bedingham early on and had the hosts 199 for nine at one point, but lower-order runs from the impressive Raine and Siddle got the hosts to a total of 265 - a first innings lead of 94.

All-rounder Stokes was back to his best with the ball as he led Durham to a vital win and claimed match figures of eight for 77.
Durham climb to fourth and Somerset remain second in the table.
Ball grabbed his fourth wicket of the innings when overnight centurion Bedingham, who became the first ever Durham player to score four consecutive hundreds on day one, edged behind to James Rew for 101, only adding one to his overnight score.
Craig Overton then continued the visitors' perfect start as he removed Coughlin for two, before Ball secured his seventh first-class five-wicket haul with the scalp of Callum Parkinson.
Raine came out and played positively while Siddle played shots that any number 11 would be proud of, including a crunching straight drive for four off the bowling of Josh Davey.
Raine was the last man to go at the hands of Somerset skipper Lewis Gregory for 46, after putting on 66 with Siddle, a record 10th-wicket partnership in this fixture, and the Australian was left unbeaten on 31.
The final pair helped Durham reach 265 all out, handing the hosts one batting bonus point and a sizeable first innings lead.
Raine then quickly switched focus to his bowling as he removed Tom Abell for the second time in the match, with the opener edging behind to Ollie Robinson for two.
Siddle then got in on the action as he bowled fellow Australian Matt Renshaw for six to leave Somerset 12 for two.
Tom Lammonby and Andy Umeed looked to steady the ship after lunch, but Stokes struck in the first over of his spell, removing Lammonby for the second time in the match after he feathered one behind to Robinson.
Stokes struck again in his next over to remove Umeed for 16 when he edged to Colin Ackermann at second slip.
Davey, who received a promotion up the order due to Tom Banton being unwell, gave Coughlin his first of the match when he edged to the safe hands of Ackermann.
England Test captain Stokes then got his third of the afternoon when Rew departed for seven after he edged one to the dependable Robinson.
Stokes continued his remarkable spell when Overton edged to Ackermann to depart for six, then Raine continued his good day when he got Gregory lbw for seven, leaving Somerset on the brink of a heavy defeat.
Raine then claimed the final wicket as Banton was too unwell to bat, bowling Jack Leach for 13 to give Durham a second win of the season.