Eddie and Adam just miss out on 50's as Hampshire enjoy the best of day three

Hampshire enjoyed the best of the third day of this Specsavers County Championship First Division clash at the Ageas Bowl.

Australian all-rounder Ian Holland took the headlines as his four wickets for eight runs in just four overs left Somerset reeling.

Hampshire had been frustrated firstly by a completely washed out first session and when played did start at 5:20, Eddie Byrom and Adam Hose piled on the runs. The pair looked at ease, while everyone else from either side had seemed to struggle with the soft pink ball.

The second wicket saw 77 runsadded, the second highest partnership of the match, as debutant Byrom reached an unfussy 43 before Holland entered the attack.

The Zimbabwean opener struggled to adjust to the slower pace and chipped a catch to George Bailey at mid-off.

That wicket sparked a flurry of departures, as Holland struck again in his second over as James Hildreth was hit on the pads. After a wicketless over, Holland was at it again as he had Somerset captain Tom Abell caught behind before repeating the trick to see off Steven Davies two balls later.

Holland could not be kept out of the action when the ball was taken out of his hands, as Lewis Gregory slipped while taking off for a quick single. Holland, fielding at backward point, threw to Lewis McManus who ran the batsman out.

Gareth Berg was surprisingly brought into the attack to replace Holland, who completed the session with figures of four for 16 – his best First Class figures. But the shock of seeing the in-form bowler out the attack was lessened when the South African had Hose – who had kept his head down to reach 48 – trapped leg before to his first delivery of the new spell.

Craig Overton was the final wicket to fall before the interval as he clipped Berg to Jimmy Adams at mid-wicket.

Somerset had fallen from 102 for one to 135 for eight in 14 overs but rain during the supper interval made sure the players failed to return to the field again.

Somerset Director of Cricket Matt Maynard said: “It was so good to see Adam Hose and Eddie Byrom batting well and getting us to a hundred for one and into a good position. Then we saw Holland come on and nip it around under the lights and it caused them problems.

“Adam said he was just trickier because it was nibbling a little bit more and when you come in under those conditions it is tricky. To be fair, he had a couple of decent balls out there, none of our boys gave their wicket away.

“We didn’t get another partnership going and the ball was coming off soft off the bat. The pink ball is more difficult to pick up than we thought while training. Shots down the ground are easy to pick from behind the arm, but with shots square of the wicket, we are wondering where the ball has gone.

“I’m not sure if it is a great concept for this country, whether we are tinkering with the game for the sake of it. I know the lads are looking forward to going up to Scarborough with the red ball again.

Regarding Eddie Byrom Matt said: “He has impressed full stop. I liked the look of him in the academy and he is now getting his game. He knows his strengths in this form of the game and he showed that today with the balls he left. I feel chuffed for the lad.”

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