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Somerset in command as Hants toil

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Taunton:
Somerset v Hampshire


CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Somerset 368-610-13 July 2009 (Play starts 1100 BST)


James Hildreth
Hildreth's 124 came courtesy of 172 balls and included 16 fours.

Somerset's batsmen tormented Hampshire on day one at Taunton, with James Hildreth's 124 guiding the home side to 368-6 as bad light stopped play.

The unbeaten Hildreth will resume along Afonso Thomas, who made five.

Arul Suppiah (52) and Peter Trego (50) made half-centuries, while Craig Kieswetter (43) and Justin Langer (30) also made an impact.

Hampshire's seam pair James Tomlinson and Chris Tremlett returned the best figures, posting two wickets apiece.

Hampshire struggled all day to cope with Somerset's batsmen, as the hosts set a relentless pace in pursuit of runs after they were put into bat by Hampshire skipper Dimi Mascarenhas.

Marcus Trescothwick got the ball rolling, smashing five fours from 26 balls to amass 22 runs, but was the first to go with the Sabres on 38 thanks to Mascarenhas, just as his partnership with opener Suppiah had got going.

606: DEBATE

Australian batsman Justin Langer, batting at three, showed equal tenacity to rattle 30 from 44 balls, and when he went on 81 via Tomlinson, Hildreth came in and bedded himself down for the long haul.

After putting on 66 with Suppiah, removed by Tremlett, he then made 35 with Zander de Bruyn (24) before South African wicketkeeper Kieswetter came in and shared a 100 partnership.

As former England Lions star Hildreth ploughed on, Cornishman Trego made his half-century before bowing out courtesy of Tremlett again.

Thomas and Hildreth then ticked on for a further ten runs, before the West Country light brought an early end to the day's proceedings.



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