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Live Blog: Somerset v Lancashire, Day Two

Live Blog: Somerset v Lancashire, Day Two

Live Blog: Somerset v Lancashire, Day 2

Welcome to Day Two of Lancashire's latest LV=County Championship clash against Somerset at Taunton.

6.00pm, CLOSE Day 2
Somerset 2nd innings (following-on) 226-4, Goldsworthy 5* Hildreth 22* trail by 57 runs.
What a day!
Lancashire produced a stunning bowling performance to have Somerset all out for 90.
Tom Lammonby hit a brilliant century in reply and just when the Red Rose attack looked to be struggling Luke Wells chips in with a spell of 3-1 to peg Somerset back.

Lancashire remain favourites but the hosts are closing in on the deficit, just 57 runs behind so who knows what twists and turns await tomorrow? 

5.30pm, 41.0 overs (8 overs left today)
Somerset 2nd innings (following-on) 209-4, Goldsworthy 0* Hildreth 11* trail by 74 runs.
What a crazy 15 minutes!
Luke Wells has come on and taken 3 wickets for 1 run to turn this game back around for Lancashire.
Wells had Lammonby lbw for exactly 100, Tom Abell caught at mid-wicket off a full toss and then produced a beauty that beat Azhar Ali-who had just reached 50-with Alex Davies making an excellent stumping. Incredible.

5.10pm, 35.0 overs
Somerset 2nd innings (following-on) 194-1, Lammonby 100* Azhar Ali 47* trail by 89 runs.
Tom Lammonby goes to his century in style with a straight six off Matt Parkinson.
this wicket has really flattened out and the Red Rose attack are struggling to make a breakthrough; there haven't been many chances offered by these two at all.
Make no mistake this has been a great counter-attacking innings by Lammondby.
Dane Vilas now turning to the spin of Luke Wells.

4.45pm, 30.0 overs
Somerset 2nd innings (following-on) 161-1, Lammonby 56* Azhar Ali 33* trail by 122 runs.
This is turning into a day of two halves, to borrow (sort of) a phrase from another sport.
That's because Tom Lammonby is leading a good Somerset fightback after the home side were made to follow-on.
The wicket has flattened out and the Lancashire bowlers are finding the going much tougher second time around.

4.05pm, 19.0 overs
Somerset 2nd innings (following-on) 103-1, Lammonby 56* Azhar Ali 10* trail by 180 runs.
Tom Lammonby has reached his half century with two boundaries in the second over after tea.
The weather remains cloudy and dull and the floodlights remain on having been switched on just before lunch.

3.37pm, TEA Day 2, 17.0 overs
Somerset 2nd innings (following-on) 89-1, Lammonby 45* Azhar Ali 7* trail by 194 runs.
Somerset showing some fight after being bowled out for 90 earlier.

But that has still been an outstanding session for the Red Rose.

3.20pm, 12.0 overs
Somerset 2nd innings (following-on) 69-1, Lammonby 31* Azhar Ali 0* trail by 220 runs.
Ben Green and Tom Lammonby are playing their shots and have got off to a flying start.
In response Dane Vilas has turned to Matt Parkinson for the first time in this match and it brings immediate reward as Green is stumped from the fifth ball trying to hammer the leg spinner out of the ground!

2.45pm, 5.0 overs
Somerset 2nd innings (following-on) 29-0, Green 11* Lammonby 15* trail by 254 runs.
A much brighter and better start by the Somerset openers second time around although Ben Green has just had to fling himself full length to prevent a run out after the pair chanced a risky second run.

Lammonby then gets away with a loose drive off the back foot that lands halfway back at mid-off but could have easily gone to hand.

2.20pm, 38.2 overs
Somerset 1st inns 90 all out, trail by 283 runs and are following-on.
Tom Bailey ends the Somerset innings at 90 all out after trapping Azhar Ali for 39 to finish with these figures: 9.2-4-9-3. 
If that wasn't outstanding enough, Jack Blatherwick on his maiden first-class bowling performance for Lancashire has 4-28 from his 10-over spell. Simply outstanding.

2.10pm, 36.1 overs
Somerset 1st inns 81-9, Azhar Ali 35* Leonard 0*, trail by 293 runs.
it's been carnage at Taunton since the last update!
Jack Blatherwick has taken four wickets, two in one over, as Somerset have completely collapsed!

Lewis Goldsworthy had been dropped twice but Rob Jones made no mistake at third slip as the batsman edges once again to give Blatherwick his maiden Lancashire wicket.
He was followed by Steve Davies who edged behind and van der Merwe and de Lange were both comprehensively bowled!

And Blatherwick then snapped up Jack Brooks at third slip.
Penny for the thoughts of Azhar Ali on 35 not out at the other end! 

1.25pm, 28.0 overs
Somerset 1st inns 54-4, Azhar Ali 23* Goldsworthy 11*, trail by 319 runs.
Azhar Ali is living dangerously after lunch flirting with a number of deliveries outside off against Danny Lamb and Jack Blatherwick and he's been fortunate not to have edged one.

Lewis Goldsworthy does edge successive delveries off Lamb and is dropped at slip from the first and gets the ball between second and third slip from the other.

12.35pm, LUNCH Day 2, 24.0 overs
Somerset 1st inns 46-4, Azhar Ali 22* Goldsworthy 4*, trail by 327 runs.

An excellent morning for Lancashire as Tom Bailey and George Balderson have taken two wickets each to have Somerset in big trouble at lunch.

It could have been even better for the Red Rose but there was a let off for Lewis Goldsworthy just before lunch who was out of his ground by miles following hesitation over a quick single. The throw went to the bowler’s end when the better option was to throw to the waiting Alex Davies at the batsman’s end. Easy game to those us watching, hey?!

The floodlights have come on as the light has dropped due to the heavy cloud cover.  

12.20pm, 20.0 overs
Somerset 1st innings 38-4, Azhar Ali 18* Goldsworthy 0*, trail by 335 runs.
Tom Bailey has ended a superb spell with figures of 9-4-9-2 and he has been replaced by Jack Blatherwick who bowls a good first over. It's Blatherwick's maiden first-clas bowling spell for Lancashire.

And then George Balderson has James Hildreth well taken by Luke Wells at first slip. What a morning!

12.00pm, 15.0 overs
Somerset 1st innings 33-3, Azhar Ali 16* Hildreth 0*, trail by 340 runs.
Wickets are tumbling now!
Tom Bailey nipped one back to trap Tom Lammonby lbw for 6. 
Then George Balderson produced the perfect line and length to find the edge of Tom Abell's bat, the Somerset skipper pushing forward defensively but caught behind for a five-ball duck. 

11.30am, 8.0 overs
Somerset 1st innings 19-1, Lammondby 6* Azhar Ali 6*, trail by 354 runs.
No further success to report but with the ball moving around the Somerset batsmen have played and missed at a few! Good searching stuff from Tom Bailey and Danny Lamb.

11.05am, 2.0 overs
Somerset 1st innings 6-1, Lammondby 0* Azhar Ali 1*, trail by 367 runs.
What a start as Tom Bailey produces a near perfect delivery to Ben Green that pitches around middle and then seams and swings away to hit off. I would say that was pretty much unplayable!
Alex Davies is behind the stumps rather than Dane Vilas. 

10.47am, 99.3 overs
Lancashire 1st innings 373 all out, Parkinson 0*
We will have to settle for 4 batting points as Tom Bailey is bowled by Marchant de Lange after making an excellent 63.

10.42am, 98.5 overs
Lancashire 1st innings 371-9, Bailey 61* Parkinson 0*
That is a really good diving catch at second slip by Tom Abell as Jack Blatherwick edges Jack Brooks to depart for 1.

10.35am, 97.0 overs
Lancashire 1st innings 370-8, Bailey 60* Blatherwick 1*
A good start by Tom Bailey who drives the second ball of the opening over from Jack Brooks for four!

10.00am
Luke Wells’ first Red Rose century was well backed up by half-centuries from Josh Bohannon, Steven Croft and Tom Bailey to help Lancashire reach a strong position of 364-8 yesterday after being put in to bat.

Bailey is still there on 54 not out alongside Jack Blatherwick (1 not out) with Lancashire needing 36 more runs in 14 overs to gain a fifth batting point.

It’s a cloudy but dry start to the day at Taunton with play resuming at 10.30am.

 
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