Evergreen duo Alfonso Thomas and skipper Marcus Trescothick led Somerset’s fightback on day 2 of the game against Nottinghamshire at Taunton after the visitors had batted their way into a commanding position on the first day.
Thommo worked hard to take an impressive fivefer while Tres rolled back the years to score 72 opening up for the cider men.
Notts started the day on 382 for 5 and a huge score looked inevitable. But Thomas pegged them back removing Chris Read in the third over of the day after he added only one run to his overnight score of 95.
Thomas then found new batsman Peter Siddle’s edge with only the second ball faced but a straightforward looking catch was spilled by Trescothick – it was certainly one you expect the captain to take comfortably. It mattered little as Siddle added only 14 before he became Alfonso’s third victim with the score 408 for 7.
Samit Patel started the day on 116 but he was caught behind by Kiessy from a quality Thomas delivery when he reached 132 and the score 413 and he received generous applause from the Somerset faithful as he walked back to the pavilion.
Somerset had 3-and-a-bit overs to get the 9th wicket and bowling point number 3 but Thomas didn’t trap Ball until the last ball of the 111th over so the home team had to settle for 2 bowling points. Lewis Gregory bolwed Carter to finish the Notts innings on 440 and Somerset would have been happy to take the last five wickets for only 58 runs. It was a good morning’s work.
Thomas was very impressive. The wickets did not come easy but he battled hard and got his just rewards before leading the team off the field.
Tres and Chris Jones opened up for Somerset and took the score to 58 before young Jones was bowled by Aussie Siddle. Compo joined the skipper and Notts were adamant they had the England man caught behind early on with a loud appeal ringing around the Taunton ground but the umpire was not moved. This prompted the clearly unimpressed Siddle to share a few words with Compton. Together these two batsmen saw the score reach 105 before Compo was finally out caught by Wessels off Mullaney for 25.
Tres was looking very comfortable – the Trescothick of old. Joined by Alviro the score moved along to 153 when the skipper was out at a time when he would have been targeting a second hundred in two games. He was out caught Read bowled Siddle for 72 scoring 11 four’s and 1 six.
James Hildreth (12) came and went cheaply with the score on 180 for 4 after 51.3 overs but Craig Kieswetter (31*) and Petersen (62*) saw the team home to the end of the day when bad light stopped play. Their stand of 57 took the total to 237 for 4 and game on.
On Tuesday morning Somerset start the day 203 runs behind with 6 wickets in hand needing 54 to make Notts bat again. The weather may have the final say but a good day could see Somerset bat themselves into a position of strength and a chance to place Notts under some pressure.
The action starts at 11 a.m.