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Stuart Broad haul puts Notts within sight of win

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO: Somerset 272 & 120-6, Nottinghamshire 250
Notts 5pts, Somerset 5pts
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Stuart Broad
Broad celebrates a wicket on his way to figures of 5-59

A devastating late burst by Stuart Broad put Nottinghamshire within sight of a three-day victory over Somerset.

The England fast bowler took five wickets in eight overs, including three without conceding a run, to leave Somerset's second innings in ruins.

The visitors closed on 120-6, a lead of 142, but with captain Marcus Trescothick still there on 63.

Earlier, Notts, 26-2 at the start of day two, were bowled out for 250, Paul Franks top scoring with 61.

At the start of the day's play, the home side were themselves in trouble when David Stiff bowled Mark Wagh through the gate for 16.

Samit Patel hit six fours before driving Charl Willoughby to short cover, with Ali Brown leg before wicket to Alfonso Thomas in the next over. Hashim Amla posted his 50 from 107 balls, including 10 fours, but then edged a lifting delivery from Damien Wright to wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter.

Franks continued his fine early-season form with his third first-class 50 in a row as he counter-attacked in partnership with captain Chris Read. The pair put on 102 for the seventh wicket before Read was lbw to Peter Trego.

The arrival of the new ball saw off the tail, with Broad, Franks and Andre Adams removed in the space of five overs before Broad was able to get to work with the ball.

After conceding 18 runs from his first three overs, Broad's pace and bounce proved too much for the Somerset batsmen. Arul Suppiah was first to fall, ballooning a rising ball to third slip.

Adams had Nick Compton caught behind by Read before Broad claimed two wickets in two balls, James Hildreth lbw and Zander de Bruyn prodding weakly to Adams.

Kieswetter gloved a bouncer to Read and Trego was brilliantly caught by Patel at short leg, but Trescothick made the hosts pay for being dropped in the slips on 18 with a succession of boundaries.

With Wright also swinging merrily, the pair took advantage of an attacking field to add 77 in 59 balls for the seventh wicket, and Notts could still face a tricky run-chase if early wickets do not follow in the morning.

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Live - Nottinghamshire commentary
14 Apr 10 |  Nottingham
Broad shines to pressure Somerset
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Bristol Evening Post It's a familiar story as Somerset go down fighting at Notts - 8 hrs ago
Nottingham Evening Post Wagh and Shafayat shine as Notts seal victory - 10 hrs ago
Times Online Amla steers Nottinghamshire to further success - 19 hrs ago
Somerset County Cricket Club SOMERSET FIGHT ALL THE WAY BUT LOSE OUT IN THE END - 21 hrs ago Somerset 272 & 227, Nottinghamshire 250 & 250-8 | County Championship match report - 22 hrs ago


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