Davies and Bess save Somerset’s blushes
At Taunton Somerset 326 all out v Nottinghamshire
Steve Davies and Dominic Bess rescued Somerset from potential embarrassment on the opening day of their Division One match against Nottinghamshire.
Having won the toss and elected to bat in bright sunshine, the championship leaders were reduced to 145 for six by their bottom-placed opponents, with Jake Ball, Luke Wood and Ravichandran Ashwin claiming two wickets each.
At that point, Somerset looked in danger of not getting any batting points, but Bess then contributed 51 to sa seventh-wicket stand of 128 in 37 overs with Davies, who hit his
highest score of the season. The experienced wicketkeeper made 74 and by the close Somerset could feel satisfied with a total of 326, knowing Nottinghamshire will have to bat last on a pitch expected to turn as the match progresses.
Left-arm seamer Wood was the pick of the visiting attack, claiming four for 85, including the wicket of Azhar Ali with his first delivery. The opener edged to second slip and departed for 10 with the total on 22.
In making 44 for the hosts, James Hildreth achieved two notable milestones – moving up to fifth place, above Peter Roebuck, in Somerset’s all-time list of run-makers in firstclass cricket and later passing 17,000 career first-class runs.
Notts will bat last on a turning pitch