Somerset v Warwickshire, LV= County Championship
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Varun Chopra and Laurie Evans got Warwickshire off to a solid start as they resumed still needing an improbable 371 runs for victory, adding fifty runs from the first nineteen overs of the day during which Chopra completed his second century of the season before missing an attempted sweep off Leach and being bowled round his legs for 108.
Tim Ambrose and Laurie Evans batted through to lunch and had just completed their century partnership when Ambrose 65 top edged an attempted pull off Jamie Overton and Hilditch running towards the third man boundary took a good catch as he fell to the ground. The fifth wicket pair had made their runs in just twenty seven overs with half of them against the new ball, but in effect this was to end any serious possibility of chasing down an unlikely victory.
Overton struck again soon afterwards when, Laurie Evans 55, stay of over three hours, came to an end chasing a wide delivery and edging to Hilditch at slip for his best score for Warwickshire.
Woakes and Clarke ensured no further damage before tea, but having just completed a fifty run partnership and in ever worsening light, Woakes 42, became Overton’s third victim with the second ball.
Now with the tail-enders, Clarke marshalled the resistance, but lost Patel 5 caught at slip by Trescothick from bat and pad off Leach, his first-ever 5 wicket haul, and then with more than an hour’s play remaining, Wright was unluckily deemed lbw to Thomas without scoring.
With the draw being the only option available to Warwickshire, Clarke and Hannon-Dalby had to play out over twenty three overs as Somerset pressed for victory, striking Hannon-Dalby a sharp blow on the wrist, but with the changeable light preventing Trescothick from using Overton at times, the last wicket pair held strong with Hannon-Dalby making an unbeaten ten from sixty two deliveries faced while Rikki Clarke completed a half century and was unbeaten sixty one from one hundred and thirty nine balls.
At the close, Somerset were perhaps wondering whether they should have enforced the follow-on mid afternoon on the second day.
Warwickshire took 6 points Somerset 11 points
Somerset began the third day with a clear intention of posting runs quickly to extend their significant advantage, after night-watchman, Jack Leach, was lbw to Chris Wright in the second over of the day.
Alviro Petersen continued to show the form of the first innings, racing to forty four, before he and Hildreth almost immediately after, were lbw to Woakes from one that nipped back and the other that swung in,.
Nick Compton was in an aggressive mood and with Craig Kieswetter he then added one hundred and forty four runs in an unbroken fifth wicket stand either side of lunch with Compton completing his century with a six into the pavilion and Kieswetter making an unbeaten fifty nine before Marcus Trescothick finally declared with an overall lead of 514 from a minimum of 143 overs.
One concern for Warwickshire was Rikki Clarke with a hamstring pull that may make him a bowling doubt for next week at Hove.
With such a daunting task facing them, Varun Chopra and William Porterfield responded in a positive manner, posting a century partnership with Chopra making fifty, for the first wicket from thirty overs until Leach had Porterfield caught at short-leg by Buttler for thirty six, although TV replays suggest he may have been more than six inches away from actually hitting the ball.
With Leach looking to be by far the most difficult bowler to face, Warwickshire then lost two wickets from consecutive deliveries from the young slow left-arm spinner, as he trapped Troughton lbw for seventeen and then had Javid caught by Buttler first ball to turn the initiative back in favour of the home side as Warwickshire lost their earlier impetus, finally closing the day on 144-3 with Chopra unbeaten on eighty one and Evans playing out the last five overs of the day.
Warwickshire will go into the final day with seven wickets in hand needing a further 371 runs for victory.
Jos Buttler completed a well deserved century on the second morning but wickets fell around him after Chris Woakes removed Craig Overton lbw for eight and Rikki Clarke mopped up the tail with three wickets in nine deliveries, bowling both Thomas 11 and Leach 0 before Jamie Overton edged to Chopra first ball.
Chasing Somerset’s 406, Warwickshire got off to a poor start, losing Porterfield to a loose drive off Jamie Overton that found Buttler at wide mid-off before a run had been scored.
Immediately before lunch Varun Chopra 13 was lbw to Trego and after the best partnership of the innings, forty one, Jim Troughton 26 edged Alfonso Thomas to Kieswetter when looking set for a big innings.
Tim Ambrose 8 was unluckily given lbw to Thomas who then had Laurie Evans 25, caught by Kieswetter from another loose attempted drive.
Chris Woakes 21 again looked set before cutting a long hop from Jamie Overton, straight to Compton at cover point before tea.
Rikki Clarke and Ateeq Javid looked to be building a partnership until Clarke 31 turned for a third run but was beaten by Trescothick’s direct hit from the boundary edge.
Patel and Wright both failed to score and when Oliver Hannon-Dalby played back and was plumb lbw the innings closed on a disappointing 158 all out inside sixty six overs.
With a first innings lead of 248, Marcus Trescothick chose not to enforce the follow-on and by the close Somerset had reached 46-1 with Patel dismissing Trescothick lbw for thirty seven.
Overall Somerset lead by 294 with 2 days play remaining and nine second innings wickets in hand
After winning the toss and choosing to bat at the County Ground, Taunton, skipper Marcus Trescothick and England opener Nick Compton, gave the home side a strong start against a Warwickshire attack missing the injured Keith Barker, with Oliver Hannon-Dalby coming in as replacement.
A second enforced change from the side that had beaten Durham last week was Ateeq Javid replacing Ian Westwood, who had sustained ankle ligament damage following a training accident the previous day.
Both openers completed half-centuries with little scare, other than a strong appeal for a refused catch behind the wicket from Woakes bowling to Trescothick. As lunch approached and the century partnership was completed, Patel’s first delivery of the day from the Old Pavilion End evaded Trescothick’s half forward push and removed the Somerset skipper lbw for fifty two.
Almost immediately, Clarke claimed the wicket of Compton 52, in similar fashion, although there did appear to be a thick inside edge into the pad, before Somerset went to lunch on 117-2
After the break, Hildreth 5, pulled Woakes tamely to Javid at mid-wicket and then Kieswetter was well caught at slip by Clarke off Wright without scoring.
Four wickets down and only one hundred and forty three runs on the board, Petersen and Buttler began their partnership that was to totally transform the Somerset innings as they added one hundred and ninety two runs before Petersen, having completed a superb century, was well caught at slip, again by Clarke off Wright with the new ball.
Now partnered by Trego, Buttler approached his century before the players left the field for bad light, but after resuming twenty minutes later, Trego 3 was magnificently caught one-handed by a leaping Tim Ambrose before play closed for the day with Somerset 358-6