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17 wickets fall on day one

Seventeen wickets fell on an action-packed opening day of this Specsavers County Championship match between Somerset and Warwickshire at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

The game between the top and bottom sides in the First Division looked to be going against the form book when Somerset were bowled out for 209 after an uncontested toss, Oliver Hannon-Darby claiming a career-best five for 18.

However, Warwickshire’s batsmen also struggled on a green-tinged pitch, slumping to 79 for five, with Craig Overton taking three of the wickets, before closing on 110 for seven.

Somerset’s total was boosted by 47 extras and the top score by a batsman on either side was the 36 made by the hosts’ number nine Josh Davey.

The tone for the day was set at the end of the second over when Marcus Trescothick edged Hannon-Dalby to Will Rhodes at second slip.

Somerset scored quickly, but lost wickets. James Hildreth was caught at backward-point cutting Henry Brookes and Hannon-Dalby pinned Tom Abell lbw to make it 57 for three.

Liam Norwell marked his Warwickshire debut by bowling Azhar Ali with a full delivery and when George Bartlett was bowled off his midriff trying to pull a ball from Brookes Somerset were 77 for five.

Lewis Gregory contributed 20 before chasing a wide ball from Hannon-Dalby and edging to Liam Banks at second slip. At lunch the home side were 143 for six from 29 overs.

Overton was bowled by Norwell in the first over after the interval before Steve Davies and Davey put together a stand of 58 to earn a single batting point.

Davies had made 23 when falling lbw looking to slog sweep Jeetan Patel, who had found some turn from the River End. Davey followed with the score still on 205, caught at second slip to give Hannon-Dalby his fourth wicket.

 

When last man Jack Leach was caught at second slip, Hannon-Dalby was able to celebrate his third five-for in First Class Cricket, just reward for 11.2 overs of excellent control from the Somerset Pavilion End.

Warwickshire’s reply had reached 13 when a mix up over a single between Dom Sibley and Rhodes, saw the latter run out by Abell for eight. It was 29 for two in the 11th over when Yates edged Overton through to wicketkeeper Davies.

From 42 for two at tea the visitors slid into trouble as the impressive Overton sent back Sam Hain and Adam Hose, both lbw to inswingers. Hose had made only two against his old club and Warwickshire were 53 for four.

Sibley looked solid in reaching 26, but then fell to a brilliant low diving catch by Overton at gulley, with Tim Groenewald the successful bowler.

Tim Ambrose joined the long list of batting casualties when bowled off an inside edge by Gregory and Brookes fell to Leach in the final over.

Banks stayed defiant on 26 not out, but at stumps Warwickshire trailed by 99. Overton had figures of three for 25 from 12 overs of sustained pace and bounce.

At the close of play Craig said: “Its been quite a remarkable day of cricket really. We knew that if we put the ball in the right areas, even though it did a little bit less as the day went on, then we would be in the game all of the time.

“Josh Davey played nicely for us. He works really hard at it and keeps on getting a few runs, so it was nice for him to make a contribution today that helped the side to get 200.

“The ball’s been coming out very nicely for me recently. Last week I didn’t feel that I got the rewards I deserved, but that sometimes happens. Today I bowled nicely and to get those three wickets was massive.

“We’ve gone pretty well so far but there’s still a long way to go. There are some good sides that we have to perform against but we are taking it day by day and session by session. If we keep doing what we are doing and get the basics right then we will continue to make progress.”

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