Warwickshire v Somerset, LV= County Championship
Westwood and Porterfield batted solidly throughout a rain shortened morning session, with both men completing half centuries and a century second wicket partnership, before the rain brought an early lunch with Warwickshire 145-1.
After lunch the partnership extended to 163 and a first batting point, until Ian Westwood 99, attempted to cut Myburgh to complete his century, but top edged and Kieswetter completed the catch.
Very light rain again brought play to a halt for a further half hour with Porterfield on eighty two and Warwickshire 223-2 and at tea they had moved on to 256-2 with Porterfield just three runs away from his first Championship century for Warwickshire, which he managed to reach immediately after the interval, before the umpires brought the players off again.
After another short delay, play resumed and Somerset took the second new ball, collecting Porterfield’s wicket for 118 when Craig Overton trapped him lbw.
Sam Hain 32 was next to go, mistiming an attempted pull off Trego’s bowling and giving Nick Compton an easy catch at mid-wicket and immediately Javid 2 edged Craig Overton to Hildreth as Warwickshire lost three wickets for just four runs, before the rain returned and play was abandoned for the day with Warwickshire 294-5.
Both overnight batsmen appeared to be in control on the second morning and despite Warwickshire taking the second new ball had extended their fourth wicket partnership to one hundred and sixty three before Keith Barker tempted Hildreth 98 to drive at a full length delivery and edged to substitute ‘keeper McKay just two runs short of his century.
Compton 92 followed in similar fashion off Boyd Rankin’s bowling, but Trego and Kieswetter kept further wickets at bay, collecting a third batting point before rain brought an early lunch.
After the break, a spectacular leaping catch by McKay off Rankin brought Trego’s innings to an end and Kieswetter quickly followed lbw to Clarke for twelve with Somerset 322-7.
Alfonso Thomas was lbw to Chris Wright while Jeetan Patel had George Dockrell caught behind by McKay as Somerset slipped to 342-9, but a last wicket partnership between the Overton twins, of sixty nine, with Jamie Overton reaching a career best 56, saw Somerset finally dismissed for 411 with Rankin claiming three wickets in the innings.
In reply, at tea, Chopra 23 and Westwood 12 had taken Warwickshire to 36-0 from nine overs, but in Craig Overton’s first over Chopra was caught at slip by Petersen for 27.
Porterfield 20* and Westwood 29* then added 38 more runs before the umpires brought the players off the field with light rain beginning to fall and Warwickshire 78-1 trailing by 333 runs.
A wet outfield from heavy overnight rain prevented any play before an early lunch and after Warwickshire won the toss and put Somerset into bat, Johann Myburgh 15, was first to go to a good catch at slip by Patel off Barker.
Marcus Trescothick, after a slow start attacked the bowling, hitting sixes off both Rankin and Patel before losing his off stump to a good swinging Yorker from Rikki Clarke, immediately after he had reached his half century.
Tim Ambrose took a knock during the afternoon session and was replaced by Peter McKay the Warwickshire substitute wicketkeeper.
Petersen 12, was caught by Clarke off Patel straight after tea but this was to be the sole success of the session, as Compton completed his half century quickly followed by James Hildreth and as Somerset passed 200 the fourth wicket pair completed a century partnership.
By the close Somerset had moved on to 237-3 with both batsmen on 72.