Notts on top after day two


Nottinghamshire had the best of the second day of this LV= County Championship match against Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground.

Liam Patterson-White hit his maiden First Class century, and Luke Fletcher claimed four wickets as the visitors maneuvered themselves into a strong position in Taunton.

22-year-old Patterson-White made 101 to help his side take their first innings total from 282 for six overnight to 448 all out. He had good support from Luke Fletcher (51) and Tom Moores (46).

Tom Abell was the most successful of the Somerset bowlers, claiming three for 84.

By the time bad light ended play shortly before 6pm, the hosts were 87 for seven as Fletcher ended the day with figures of four for 21 from 11 overs.

Moores brought up a century stand for the seventh wicket, made from 111 deliveries, and had added 20 to his overnight 26 when edging a defensive shot off Tom Lammonby to wicketkeeper Steve Davies.

It was 381 for eight when Patterson-White’s contribution came to an end when he was trapped lbw by Jack Leach.

All the momentum was with Notts when Fletcher was last man out but he was soon making life tough for the Somerset batmen, trapping Steve Davies lbw with the final ball of the opening over.

The final session saw Abell break loose with some attractive shots. However, with the total on 51, Lammonby, who had battled his way to ten, edged a catch behind to give Fletcher a second wicket.

Abell followed for 35 in the same over, also nicking a ball through to wicketkeeper Tom Moores.

Fletcher and Moore combined again to dismiss Lewis Goldsworthy before Dane Patterson sent back James Hildreth leg-before.

Roelof van der Merwe fell in similar fashion to Hutton and Tom Banton was caught behind off Patterson.

At the close of play, Tom Abell said: “It’s been a tough day. Throughout the season we’ve been able absorb those periods where we’re under pressure, but we didn’t do that today. The situation is what it is, and we have to turn up tomorrow and show a lot more fight.

“We spoke this morning about coming out pretty hard at them. We wanted to show what we’re about and put them under as much pressure as possible. We didn’t do that for long enough.

“Our objective tomorrow is to take it ball by ball and apply ourselves with the bat. We need to dig ourselves out of a hole and as a batting group we need to come together and show our character.

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