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Defiant Lancs frustrate Somerset

Somerset 202 & 66-2 v Lancashire 248
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Tom Smith
Smith was one of several Lancs batsmen to contribute

Title-chasing Somerset closed day two of their match against Lancashire at Taunton with on 66-2, a 20-run lead.

The visitors resumed on 56-4 but Gary Keedy and Mal Loye led their side to 114-4 before Andy Caddick ousted Keedy.

Loye reached 50 from 71 balls and was then caught off a Caddick no-ball en route to 61, with Luke Sutton adding an unbeaten 49 as his team mustered 248.

In reply, home skipper Justin Langer was caught at slip for six and Marcus Trescothick edged behind for 19.

It was a surprise that Langer opted to begin the day with Alfonso Thomas and Steffan Jones, rather than Caddick and Charl Willoughby, who had taken the wickets on day one.

Keedy helped add 53 before Caddick was introduced, and with his fifth ball the former England seamer had the veteran left-hander fencing low to second slip.

Steven Croft offered no stroke to Jones and was bowled to make it 119-6, while Loye was given out lbw pushing forward to spinner Ian Blackwell.

Glen Chapple contributed a useful 36 from 50 balls, firing five fours before he was caught at first slip off Jones, but Tom Smith also hit five fours as Lancashire secured a batting point.

When last man Oliver Newby was bowled by Willoughby, Lancashire were only two runs short of a second bonus point, with Sutton denied a deserved fifty, but Red Rose spirits were lifted with the dismissals of the dangerous Somerset opening pair.

Somerset bowler Andy Caddick told BBC Somerset:

"I was just happy that when I got the ball in my hand we struck straight away, so we've just got to move forward and take every ball as a potentially match-winning one.

"Hopefully the batters can get some runs under their belts, take their time and post a good score so we can seriously have a go at bowling the Lancashire lads out.

"We haven't been as patient with the bat as we should have been, so it puts a lot of pressure on the middle order, but they've done it before and they're going to have to do it again."

see also
County finale photos - day two
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