Davies leads Somerset Fightback

Steve Davies boosted Somerset with a classy unbeaten 89 to see the visitors to 167 for five on day two of their Specsavers County Championship match at Edgbaston.

Having started the day looking to dismiss Warwickshire’s tail, Somerset will be hoping to pass the follow-on total of 269 and bat for all of day three.

The second-placed side will have one eye on top spot holders Essex, who are being disrupted by weather in Canterbury, and with only three games remaining after this, every point is vital ahead of their final game shootout at Taunton.

The Bears reached 419 all out from 127 overs after Michael Burgess (52) and Jeetan Patel (25) put on a 66-run partnership to help drag their side from 338 for seven to 404 for eight.

The Taunton based side endured a day of frustration since overnight batsmen Rob Yates, who only added two to his total of 139 after facing seven balls, and Tim Ambrose (18) departed within 28 balls by the impressive Jack Brooks.

The Bears were on 313/6 and the prospect of a fourth batting point was in the balance before a one-day style assault from number seven batsman Michael Burgess turned the tide.

The 25-year-old struck four fours in a 20-run over off Jamie Overton, prior to edging one of his deliveries on to his own stumps.

The attacking knock, which included nine fours, dragged the hosts to the commanding position, Patel (25) and Oliver Hannon-Dalby (13) advanced before they were caught by James Hildreth and Davies respectively off the bowling of Tom Abell.

Abell was immediately back in the action as an opener and lasted 21 balls as Brookes skittled his off stump for 10 when trying to leave.

With the short boundary in front of the Eric Hollies Stand, Somerset were scoring at 4.4 an over after 10, before Hannon-Dalby trapped James Hildreth LBW for six and forced Babar Azam in his first Championship fixture to chip to Brookes at midwicket the following ball.

The hat-trick delivery was well defended by former Warwickshire academy batsman Tom Banton, who edged a Will Rhodes seamer to ‘keeper Ambrose after a dogged 23 from 68 balls.

George Bartlett’s 59-run partnership with Worcestershire batsman Davies had looked to have put Somerset in a reasonable position, but Garrett’s removal of the 20-year-old thrusted the momentum back to Warwickshire.

Davies and new batsman Dom Bess will be a key partnership for both sides at the start of day three.

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