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Warwickshire's Woakes puts more woe on Somerset

LV= COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP, DIVISION ONE, Taunton:
Close of play, day two: Warwickshire 642, Somerset 147-6
Warwicks 7pts, Somerset 2pts
Match scorecard


Chris Woakes hit a century and took three wickets as Warwickshire continued to dominate Somerset at Taunton.

Woakes (129) added 123 for the seventh wicket with Varun Chopra, who completed his maiden first-class double century.

After Chopra's 210, Woakes also shared a century stand with Ant Botha (64), as the Bears were finally all out for 642.

Somerset were well placed at 118-1 in reply, but when Arul Suppiah (62) fell, Woakes ran through the middle order to leave the hosts 147-6 at the close.

It is proving to be a sobering start to the season for the Cidermen, for whom Sri Lankan spinner Ajantha Mendis ended with figures of 4-183, including 14 no-balls.

While it was Chopra, unbeaten on 174 overnight, who top-scored, it was Woakes who took the day's honours, smashing 18 fours and a six in his fourth first-class ton.

With Botha also weighing in, the Bears compiled the highest total after being put in to bat in their history - and comfortably their highest against Somerset.

All of the home wickets fell in the evening session, captain Marcus Trescothick the first to go when he edged Andrew Miller to slip.

Suppiah and Nick Compton added 73 for the second wicket, but when Suppiah cut Rikki Clarke to gully, Woakes's triple strike demolished the middle order.

Compton was plum lbw, James Hildreth played on and, after Jos Buttler was caught behind off Clarke, Craig Kieswetter also fell to the England one-day international.


BBC Radio 5 Live's Kevin Howells:

"Somerset didn't ask for the tag of pre-season favourites but they face an uphill task to avoid a surprise opening defeat.

"From the outset of the second morning neither the pitch nor conditions were gifting runs and a score over 600 was far more impressive than you might think at Taunton.

"To begin with, Miller and Woakes appeared to be trying too hard. What they did well was keep their patience. Woakes got wickets. Miller deserved more.

"Warwickshire they look a whole different side from the one which struggled last summer."

BBC Sport's Warwickshire correspondent Clive Eakin:

"A day for number crunching as Warwickshire piled up the sixth highest total in their history - 240 more than last season's highest score.

There's been an impressive turn out of Bears supporters at Taunton and, after the batting woes of 2010 they were in dream land. One said to me at lunch "Wake me up in time for the start of the season".

Having watched the batsmen fill their boots, now it's a case of trying to take 14 more wickets in two days to pull off a notable victory against the Division One favourites.



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