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Rain forces early finish on day one

Jamie Overton claimed two Warwickshire wickets before rain washed out most of the opening day of the Specsavers County Championship First Division match with Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Only 32.5 overs were possible after Warwickshire won the toss and elected to bat. The visitors had moved onto 93 for three by the time the umpires abandoned play for the day shortly before the scheduled tea break.

By then Overton (two for 17) could reflect with satisfaction on proceedings.

Fielding three spinners, Somerset opened their bowling with Peter Trego from the River End and the all-rounder was unlucky to have Ian Westwood, on six, put down at second slip.

Jamie Overton was then brought into the attack from the Somerset Pavilion End and, with the score on 46, the younger of the North Devon twins claimed Westwood, who appeared to have played on for 21.

Jonathan Trott saw up the 50 for the visitors when he took a boundary off Jamie Overton to third man, but one run later the bowler yorked Andrew Umeed for 24.

Jack Leach was brought on at the River End and soon afterwards off-spinner Dom Bess joined him in the attack.

With the total on 72 the rain started to fall heavily and the players left the field for an extended lunch.

Before the game eventually resumed at 2.10pm Leach was awarded his Somerset cap by former player Vic Marks to warm applause from those gathered.

There was one more wicket for Somerset before the rain set in again at 2.50pm. Craig Overton had Ian Bell well caught at second slip by Marcus Trescothick for eight.

Trott is unbeaten on 30 going into day two.

Afterwards Jamie Overton said: “When I bowl I want to bowl in quick spells and as long as I don’t go for 10 an over I’m pretty happy. Today I think I went for less than four an over so I was pleased with that. One thing that I have worked hard on over the last few years is my control and the areas that I’m trying to hit. Today I think I made the batsmen have to play me.

“I’m using my bouncer sensibly now and batsmen now know that I’ve got one to bowl. It’s a very handy weapon to have.

“I think that has to be one of the best spells that I have bowled since I came back from injury, along with my second spell in the one-day game against Hampshire when I took four wickets. It’s always nice to get wickets but it’s also nice to be able to contribute towards the team and put the ball in the right areas.”

Talking about the state of the match Jamie said: “Getting that big wicket of Ian Bell is good for us because he is a massive player for Warwickshire. Leachy had been bowling well too and the game was turning back in our favour so it’s a shame the rain came when it did because we were going well at the time.”

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