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Live Blog: Lancashire v Somerset, Day Four

Live Blog: Lancashire v Somerset, Day Four

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5.40pm, CLOSE
Somerset 2nd innings 213-7 Goldsworthy 73* Siddle 4*
The players shake hands on the draw but that was a great effort on a fairly unresponsive pitch with Jack Morley finishing with a career-best 5 for 69.

Somerset 2nd innings 206-7 lead by 28 runs, Goldsworthy 70* Siddle 0*
We have had 4 overs of the final hour and Luke Wood has removed van der Merwe with a short ball the batter fenced to Keaton Jennings at short leg. This game is still alive.

Somerset 2nd innings 190-6 (83 ov) lead by 12 runs, Goldsworthy 67* van der Merwe 0*
Is there still a glimmer of hope? Lewis Gregory drives Will Williams straight into the hands of Josh Bohannon at cover for 25.

Somerset 2nd innings 167-5 (74 overs) trail by 11 runs, Goldsworthy 62* Gregory 8*
Jack Morley has his first five-for! Keaton Jennings snaps up a bat/pad catch and Rew is out for 23.

3.40pm, TEA Day 4
Somerset 2nd innings 151-4 (67 overs) trail by 27 runs, Goldsworthy 58* Rew 19*
The earlier clatter of wickets today has dried up this afternoon with Goldsworthy and Rew battling hard to keep the Red Rose attack at bay.

Unless something significant happens after tea, a draw looks fairly inevitable. 

Somerset 2nd innings 137-4 (60 overs) trail by 41 runs, Goldsworthy 50* Rew 17*
Lewis Goldsworthy has held the Somerset innings together well, going to his half century from 128 balls, and the visitors are closing in on the runs deficit.

Somerset 2nd innings 117-4 (52 overs) trail by 61 runs, Goldsworthy 38* Rew 9*
Dane Vilas is ringing the changes in the hunt for a wicket. Luke Wells has swopped ends with Steven Croft on for his first bowl of the match.

Somerset 2nd innings 89-4 (42 overs) trail by 89 runs, Goldsworthy 23* Rew 4*
Lancashire have a twin spin attack operating now, but maybe a pair you wouldn't expect; Jack Morley at one end and Tom Bailey bowling off spin at the other.

Somerset have now halved the deficit of runs they need to make Lancashire bat again.

Somerset 2nd innings 76-4 (34 overs) trail by 102 runs, Goldsworthy 13* Rew 0*
A great start to the afternoon for Jack Morley who now has a fourth wicket! Tom Lammonby having just survived a catch from a reverse sweep tries the shot again and is caught at silly mid-off by Keaton Jennings for 33.

1.00pm, LUNCH Day 4
Somerset 2nd innings 74-3 (32 overs) trail by 104 runs, Lammonby 32* Goldsworthy 13*
That has been a good morning for Lancashire and for Jack Morley who has figures of 3 for 32 from his lengthy stint at the Harrod Drive End.

Somerset 2nd innings 54-3 (28 overs) trail by 124 runs, Lammonby 23* Goldsworthy 4*
No further breakthrough for Lancashire as we head towards lunch.

Jack Morley is continuing from the Harrod Drive End while Luke Wood has replaced Will Williams at the Grosvenor Road End.

Somerset 2nd innings 44-3 (20 overs) trail by 134 runs, Lammonby 17* Goldsworthy 0*
Jack Morley has two more wickets!

The second wicket came courtesy of a sharp catch by Rob Jones at short leg to snare Steve Davies for 11 and then Morley had George Bartlett lbw for 4. Game on!

Somerset 2nd innings 27-1 (13 overs) trail by 151 runs, Davies 11* Lammonby 4*
Lancashire have breakthrough as Jack Morley has Matt Renshaw playing a fraction too soon and caught & bowled for 12.

Somerset 2nd innings 16-0 (7 overs) trail by 162 runs, Renshaw 7* Davies 9*
Will Williams has been forced to leave the field mid-over with what appears to be a finger injury although it's unclear how he sustained it. Jack Morley finished the over and he now continues from the Harrod Drive End.

Somerset 2nd innings 15-0 (5 overs) trail by 163 runs, Renshaw 6* Davies 9*
Tom Bailey has beaten Matt Renshaw's outside edge and found an edge that dropped just short of Keaton Jennings at third slip.

But they have been the only moments of alarm in the early stages of the Somerset second innings so far.

Lancashire have declared their first innings on the overnight score of 624-9.
Somerset will therefore be starting their 2nd innings at 11am, 186 runs in arrears.

All the talk this morning at Southport is about Keaton Jennings' fantastic innings yesterday.

Keaton's 318 has put him fourth on Lancashire's all-time list of most runs scored in a first-class innings behind Archie MacLaren (424 v Somerset, Taunton 1895), Neil Fairbrother (366 v Surrey, Oval 1990) and Eddie Paymter (322 v Sussex, Hove 1937).

As you can see it's not the highest score against Somerset, but incredibly it is not the highest score by a number two batsman in the batting order for Lancs! Eddie Paynter's 322 was scored as a number two batter. Somehow I doubt if Keaton will be too bothered!



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