Career best for Ben on day two
Joe Weatherley scored his highest LV= Insurance County Championship score and Ben Green claimed his best First Class figures on day two as Hampshire secured a big first-innings lead on Somerset.
Opening batter Weatherley had only previously scored one First Class century, a 126 not out against Lancashire in 2018, but helped himself to a brilliant 168.
Ian Holland and James Vince scored half-centuries as Hampshire reached 428 all out, a first-innings advantage of 248 runs.
Ben Green, who took three for 31 earlier in the day, and Tom Lammonby weathered six overs under the lights to end the day 15 without loss.
Weatherley brought up his 179-ball century with a drive through mid-wicket. He needed a moment to compose himself before raising his bat to the home balcony.
Opening partner Holland was equally confident in his 81, as the duo wiped out exactly Somerset’s first-innings score of 180 in domineering style. The USA-born Australian departed when turning to leg slip, but not before celebrating Hampshire’s highest first-wicket stand since 2016.
Somerset’s inexperienced attack toiled for most of the day but found a purple patch on either side of the second new ball. Gubbins feathered behind for 37, Weatherley was bowled shouldering his arms and Liam Dawson cut to cover – the latter two wickets handing Peter Siddle and Ned Leonard their first wickets of the season.
Vince began his innings with a dismissive backfoot drive to the cover boundary as he totted up runs at a rapid rate – his half-century coming in 64 deliveries – as Hampshire’s score kept rising.
The captain was lbw to Marchant de Lange for 56 and James Fuller was caught behind off Siddle, before Green belatedly entered the attack to claim a career-best three late wickets – Ben Brown jabbed him to midwicket, Felix Organ was knocked over and Kyle Abbott lost his off stump.
A run out ended the Hampshire innings before Green and Lammonby took Somerset to the close without loss.
At the close of play, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: I think the lads stuck to the task pretty well, led by Sidz [Peter Siddle] who was exemplary. He showed you how to bowl on that surface.
“We didn’t bat well yesterday, but Hampshire showed that if you apply yourself and get through the sustained pressure there are opportunities to score.
“We have to believe we will bat all day tomorrow and into Sunday morning and if we can post some kind of total then who knows what will happen.
“Our absentees has been unprecedented. The last 48 hours has challenged us, but I anticipate Lewis Gregory, Josh Davey, Craig Overton and Jack Leach will be available next week. Fingers crossed we’ll have selection headaches.”
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