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Four for Lewis as Somerset fight back on day one

Lewis Gregory claimed four for 54 on the opening day of this LV= Insurance County Championship match against Middlesex at Lord’s but Sam Robson posted his highest red-ball score in five years for the hosts as they finished on 293 for eight.

Robson survived two early chances and he made the most of it by helping himself to 165 before falling to Gregory.

Robson’s innings included 25 fours and put the hosts in a strong position, but Somerset fought back well in the evening session.

Tom Abell won the toss and elected to field.

The visitors quickly removed Max Holden, who clipped Overton into the hands of Tom Banton at square leg in the third over.

Nick Gubbins hit four boundaries on his way to 21, but fell lbw to Josh Davey at 62 for two.

Davey then came close to claiming the scalp of Robson on 23 when he edged to James Hildreth who just failed to gather the edge. The Middlesex man then survived a similar chance on 47 to Craig Overton.

Stephen Eskinazi made 22 and he and Robson had added 80 for the third wicket when Gregory got Middlesex’s stand-in captain lbw with one that stayed low.

Robson reached his century from 139 deliveries when he stroked Gregory through midwicket for three.

Somerset eventually turned to spin and Jack Leach answered the call in typical fashion when Robbie White nudged the England man to Gregory at second slip for 17.

Davey’s precision earned him his second wicket shortly after tea when he had Martin Andersson caught behind off a thin edge.

Gregory then struck twice in successive overs with the new ball, dismissing John Simpson before Robson attempted to cut and was caught by Tom Abell at third slip.

The all-rounder collected his fourth wicket when Hildreth dived to take an edge off Tom Helm, but Toby Roland-Jones’ unbeaten 19 kept Middlesex within sight of a third batting bonus point.

At the close of play Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “To finish the day where we do, I think it’s probably even-steven at this stage. The pitch has played a lot better than we thought it would. We had cloud cover for a lot of the day and it hasn’t swung particularly.

“Craig and Hildy have been outstanding over the last few years, but these things happen and today we got punished for it.

“I think you’ve got to give a lot of credit to Sam Robson, who played brilliantly for 165 in the context of the scoreboard.”

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