Honours even on first outing for 303 days
Somerset and Gloucestershire both enjoyed a fruitful 74.4 overs of match practice, with the visitors ending day one at the Cooper Associates County Ground on 258 for eight when rain ended play at 6:15pm
After winning the toss and batting first, openers Miles Hammond and Chris Dent looked composed in the opening overs before Hammond was dismissed via a sharp catch from Roelof van der Merwe at third slip, giving Craig Overton his first wicket in Somerset colours this summer.
Jack Brooks then quickly got his account underway by having the returning James Bracey caught behind for a duck, but Gloucestershire duo Dent and Graham van Buuran batted positively until a sharp rain shower brought about an early lunch.
On returning, van Buuran was forced to retire hurt due to a hand problem before Dent was removed by Jamie Overton to a ball that lifted sharply. The Gloucestershire Captain scored exactly fifty to boost his confidence heading into the first round of Bob Willis Trophy action next weekend.
Ryan Higgins was the next man to go, feathering a catch behind off Craig Overton and when George Hankins was LBW to Jack Brooks Somerset had momentum with the total at 138 for five.
Gareth Roderick then came in and played the innings of the day, timing the ball sweetly from the start and punishing anything both short and overpitched. George Scott chipped in with a useful 19 but it was Roderick who frustrated the Somerset attack throughout the latter part of the opening day.
When the rain returned, the man who will join Worcestershire in 2021 was nearing a century. After a delay of 30 minutes and with the floodlights on, the players returned at 5:55pm with 13 overs still remaining.
The players did briefly return for 20 minutes which gave Roderick the chance to reach 96 not out by the close of play. Gloucestershire will return tomorrow with the score 258 for eight.
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