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Luke Sutton century holds up Somerset

LV COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Old Trafford:
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Lancashire 292, Somerset 14-1
Lancs 2pts, Somerset 3pts
Match scorecard


Luke Sutton
Sutton was eighth out, with Lancashire 283-8

Stand-in opener Luke Sutton hit his first Lancashire century since 2007 as the home side were bowled out for 292 by Somerset on day one at Old Trafford.

The wicketkeeper made 118, sharing century stands with Mark Chilton (41) and Sajid Mahmood (64) as the rest of the Red Rose batting struggled.

Damien Wright ended with 5-41 and Alfonso Thomas 3-84 as the visitors picked up maximum bowling bonus points.

Somerset lost Arul Suppiah to the final ball of the day as they closed on 14-1.

Suppiah played on to his own stumps off the second ball of the final over of the day, bowled by Kyle Hogg.

His dismissal was another blow on a day of missed opportunities for Somerset, who had run out comfortable winners when the sides met in the Clydesdale Bank 40 on Monday.

They had Lancashire 27-3 and 175-7 but saw Sutton, dropped by James Hildreth on 85, Chilton and Mahmood help drag their side out of trouble to pick up two valuable batting bonus points.

Somerset were well on top after Wright removed Stephen Moore, Paul Horton and Ashwell Prince in his opening nine-over spell, only for Sutton, opening in place of hamstring injury victim Tom Smith, to steady the ship.

Chilton fell just after lunch, one of three victims in five overs for Thomas, before Sutton, who had not scored a half-century in his previous 26 Championship matches, found another willing partner in Mahmood.

The pair reached their century partnership in 115 balls before Sutton fell to a brilliant leg-side catch off Zander de Bruyn by Jos Buttler.

Mahmood followed three balls later, bowled by a slower ball from Wright, who had Daren Powell caught in the deep to complete his five-wicket haul.


BBC Radio Lancashire's Scott Read reflects on Luke Sutton's century:
"Clenched fists and a jump for joy was the reaction of Luke Sutton when he played a fine cover drive to reach a century to savour.

"Sutton marched out to open the batting for Lancashire - not an easy thing to do at Old Trafford so far this season - and went on to celebrate his first century for the county since 2007.

"Some suggest his place in the side is under threat. On this showing that's anything but the case.

"Yes, runs were a little hard to come by last season but his contribution to the team, not just from behind the stumps, remains as vital as ever. His place in the side - if it indeed really needed to be rubber stamped - most certainly was on this display.

"It was top stuff by Sutton, who along with Saj Mahmood, gave the watching Lancashire fans something to enjoy on a chilly Tuesday afternoon."



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