Apr 262013

County Championship Division One, Taunton

Close, day two: Somerset 406 & 46-1, Warwickshire 158

Somerset 8pts, Warwickshire 3pts

Match scorecard

County champions Warwickshire were made to struggle against Somerset as they collapsed to 158 all out at Taunton.

The visitors recovered from a first-day battering to bowl out Somerset, 358-6 overnight, for 406, Jos Buttler finishing unbeaten on 119, while Bears all-rounder Rikki Clarke took 4-70.

Somerset paceman Alfonso Thomas took his tally of Championship wickets to 11 for the season

But Alfonso Thomas then led the way with 3-29, backed by two wickets each for Jack Leach and Jamie Overton.

Somerset opted not to force the follow-on, closing on 46-1, already 294 ahead.

England hopeful Clarke, who took three of the four morning wickets to fall (finishing the innings on a hat-trick), then also produced the goods with the bat, top scoring with 31 before being run out by a direct hit from Marcus Trescothick

The Bears did at least prise out the Somerset skipper for 37, lbw to Jeetan Patel just before the close.

BBC WM’s Mike Taylor:

“Somerset’s disciplined bowling performance has established a very strong position in this match between two of the likely title contenders.

“Apparently guarding against the possibility of being caught chasing a small total on a wearing pitch on Sunday, they chose not to make Warwickshire follow on.

“Warwickshire’s first innings of 158 was inadequate, a rare batting malfunction for a team that has had so much success from making big totals, but Rikki Clarke looked in superb form again until being needlessly run out.

“Alfonso Thomas undermined them with a splendid spell after lunch. For once, there was no lower-order rescue and they’ll now expect to be left to bat for four sessions for a draw.”

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