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16 wickets fall on a remarkable second day

16 wickets fell on day two of this Specsavers County Championship match between Somerset and Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl.

Kyle Abbott claimed nine for 40 before James Vince struck his first red-ball century of the season as the hosts fought back well on this second day.

South African fast bowler Abbott helped to bowl Somerset out for 142. He had started with two wickets on a gloomy first evening before taking five in the morning and wrapped up the tail after lunch – with Fidel Edwards preventing him from a 10-fer.

That gave Hampshire a first-innings lead of 54, before they collapsed to 10 for three and 45 for six. However, Vince played a calming innings to seemingly give his side the upper hand as Somerset ended the day trailing by 230 runs.

Abbott had ended the first day with figures of two for one, having dismissed Murali Vijay and Steve Davies. With his third ball of the morning he jagged one back to Tom Abell.

Edwards, who provided plenty of testing deliveries of his own, struck Tom Banton on the hand before the Somerset youngster edged behind.

James Hildreth pushed behind whilst George Bartlett and Lewis Gregory were trapped lbw.

Craig Overton was bowled, Dom Bess, who had added 76 with Roelof van der Merwe, scooped to square leg and Josh Davey swiped outside his off stump.

Despite being bowled out for 142, Somerset hit back with the new ball in style.

Davey had Ian Holland caught at second slip by Vijay and Tom Alsop caught at mid-wicket by van der Merwe.

Gregory had Felix Organ caught behind to a ball which held its line before Sam Northeast and Liam Dawson were lbw to Overton.

At 45 for six, and Aneurin Donald back in the dressing after he was bowled by Overton while withdrawing his bat, Hampshire appeared well short of setting Somerset a total.

However, Vince dug in. He took 23 balls to get off the mark, before he rode through the gears and made batting look easy.

Lewis McManus and Keith Barker came and went, lbw to van der Merwe and Abell respectively, but Vince accelerated – reaching fifty in 78 balls.

Vince was forced to manipulate the strike amongst some defensive Somerset fields but moved to a 136-ball hundred, which comprised of 14 boundaries.

He ended the day unbeaten on 102, having added 73 for the ninth wicket with Kyle Abbott.

At the end of dramatic day Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It was an outstanding spell from Abbott. He asked questions every ball.

“It was frustrating at the end in essence because of the early wickets, but I think we have seen lower order partnerships in all the innings so far.

“I think the surface is changing and if we can get through with the new ball then I think we are in the game.

“Hampshire scored 400 in the third innings last week and it is a similar pitch to that. There is a great opportunity for us tomorrow.”

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