Notts frustrate Somerset on day one


After a strong start by Somerset, Nottinghamshire fought back well on the first day of this LV= County Championship Division One match at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Joe Clarke led the Notts fightback with a half-century as the visitors recovered to 282 for six after losing the toss and slipping to 97 for three. Clarke made 59 and Liam Patterson-White contributed 46 not out.

There were two wickets apiece for Jack Brooks and Tom Abell as a Somerset seam attack deprived of Craig Overton and Lewis Gregory stuck to their task well and kept a grip on the scoring rate.

By the time bad light ended play for the day 7.2 overs early, Patterson-White and Tom Moores (26 not out) had added what could be a vital 74 runs for the seventh wicket.

Despite Overton being away on England duty and Gregory nursing a back injury, Somerset made a good start. Ben Slater (3) was caught at backward point by Tom Lammonby, looking to cut Brooks with the score on seven.

Ben Duckett and Sam Northeast took the total to 44 before Duckett, on 24, skied a pull shot off Brooks and the catch was comfortably taken by Roelof van der Merwe at cover.

Northeast enjoys batting at Taunton and moved confidently to 33 by lunch, which was taken at 88 for two, with Clarke on 21.

The afternoon session saw Northeast depart with the total advanced to 97, lbw looking to drive a Josh Davey delivery into the on-side.

Clarke brought up the hundred with a top-edged six over third-man off Brooks before moving to a solid half-century off 97 balls, with five fours.

The former Worcestershire batsman was looking in good touch but he got a thin bottom edge, attempting to pull Abell and wicketkeeper Steve Davies took the catch.

Lyndon James and Steven Mullaney exercised caution in adding 32 before tea, which was taken at 172 for four.

The gloomy conditions and cold wind continued into the final session. Notts had added 22 runs when James edged a defensive shot off Abell through to Davies and fell for 30.

The pattern of batsmen getting a start and not going onto a big score continued when skipper Mullaney, on 42, aimed to whip a straight ball from Marchant de Lange through the leg side and departed lbw.

At 208 for six, with the new ball less than five overs away, Somerset sensed a big chance. However, the second new ball did little for the seamers.

Play was called off for the day at around 6pm.

At the close, Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “Today was a bit frustrating. When you win the toss you want to maximize conditions, but the surface wasn’t quite as we’d expected.

“We’ve played a lot of white-ball cricket recently and I think we looked a bit rusty compared to the high standards that we’ve shown throughout the rest of the year.

“We have to make a breakthrough early tomorrow and try to bowl them out for as few as possible. Then we need to bat really well. The perfect scenario would be for us to bat big and bat once.”

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