Bowlers give Somerset advantage against Lancashire
COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION ONE, Taunton: CLOSE, DAY ONE: Lancashire 259, Somerset 54-1 Somerset 3pts, Lancashire 2pts Match scorecard
Willoughby's four wickets took him to 50 in the Championship this summer
Charl Willoughby took four wickets and Murali Kartik three as Somerset ended day one of their clash with Lancashire at Taunton with the advantage.
Despite 56 from Shivnarine Chanderpaul, Willoughby and Kartik helped reduce the visitors to 169-8 before Saj Mahmood and Gary Keedy helped them eke out 259.
Somerset reached stumps at 54-1, captain Marcus Trescothick the man out.
But with Yorkshire well in charge at Nottinghamshire, both sides will feel they are in thick of the title race.
Willoughby's four wickets took him to 50 in the Championship this summer - a feat he has achieved in each of his five seasons with Somerset.
After Trescothick had won the toss and elected to field, Willoughby produced a fine nine-over opening spell to send back both Lancashire openers Tom Smith and Paul Horton.
Alfonso Thomas trapped Mark Chilton leg before and Steven Croft was run out by Peter Trego after being sent back by Chanderpaul attempting a single to square leg.
Chanderpaul kept going, though, and reached his half-century off 72 balls before needlessly top-edging a reverse sweep off Kartik to Trescothick at slip.
From 153-4, Lancashire soon nosedived to 169-8 as Willoughby removed Gareth Cross and Kyle Hogg either side of Kartik trapping Luke Procter leg before.
But Lancashire added 90 for their final two wickets, with Mahmood adding 34 with Keedy, who proceeded to put on a potentially crucial 56 for the last wicket with Simon Kerrigan before being bowled by Ben Phillips.
Keedy then claimed the prize wicket of Trescothick, caught at short mid-wicket to leave the match intriguingly poised going into day two.
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