All still to play for after day three

Liam Livingstone helped to get Lancashire back in to the game on day three of this Specsavers County Championship First Division match at Emirates Old Trafford.

The 23-year-old, who is standing in as skipper for the injured Steven Croft, reached his highest First Class score of 168 before two wickets each for Craig Overton and Jack Leach stemmed the flow.

Livingstone and Alex Davies, who made his second ton of the season, dragged their county back into this contest with Lancashire finishing the day on 423-7 with a lead of 254 going into the final day.

Resuming on 152-2 and with sunny skies above, Livingstone and Davies both reached their centuries before batting through to lunch.

Wickets continued to be at a premium until just before tea when two fell in one over from Overton as this fascinating game swung back towards the visitors after almost four hours of batting from Lancashire.  Overton first trapped Rob Jones lbw for 35 before three balls later Dane Vilas departed the same way without scoring as Lancashire went into the tea break at 357-5, with a lead of 188.

Earlier Davies had became the first wicket of the day when he fell lbw to Lewis Gregory for 130 with the dismissal bringing to an end a partnership of 245 for the third wicket with Livingstone.

Livingstone eventually became the sixth wicket to fall after skying a delivery from the patient Leach to Dean Elgar.

Ryan McClaren and Steven Parry then set about frustrating the Somerset bowlers following the departure of Jordan Clark whose charge down the pitch provided Steven Davies with a swift stumping opportunity off Leach.

The pair had put on 44 for the eighth wicket by the close, setting up what should be a thrilling conclusion.

At the end of the day Somerset Director of Cricket, Matt Maynard said: “The two Lancashire batsmen who scored centuries played really well and didn’t give any chances although we had a couple of LBW shouts that were marginal and went in the batsmen’s favour.

“However, our boys stuck to their task really well and gave it everything all day.  The way that they went about their business was impressive and we couldn’t have asked for any more of them.  I’m delighted for Jack Leach who bowled for the whole session after tea and got a good number of overs under his belt.”

Looking ahead Matt said: “Any result is possible in this match and it’s going to be an exciting day’s cricket on Monday.  If we can have another good 40 minutes in the morning and show that same intensity we did all day then hopefully we can get the breakthroughs and be looking to chase a score of under 300.”

Matt added: “It won’t be easy because they are a high quality side with Jimmy Anderson leading the bowling, but we have got ourselves into a position now where we can potentially win the game.”

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