Live Blog: Lancashire v Somerset, Day Two
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6.24pm, CLOSE Day 2
Lancashire 1st inns 164-0 (54 overs) trail by 282 runs, Jennings 61* Wells 99*
Luke Wells finishes unbeaten on 99 and with Keaton Jennings has given Lancashire a great platform in their reply to Somerset's big total on a day where just five wickets fell.
We will see if Luke can reach his third Red Rose century tomorrow morning!
Lancashire 1st inns 151-0 (47 overs) trail by 295 runs, Jennings 57* Wells 90*
Keaton Jennings has reached fifty for fourth time this season and Luke Wells is closing on a possible century as this pair post a 150 partnership for the second time this season.
Lancashire 1st inns 124-0 (41 overs) trail by 322 runs, Jennings 41* Wells 79*
Keaton Jennings has now followed Wells' example and launched spinner Amir Virdi for a straight six - just his fourth boundary of this innings - as Lancashire's opening pair march on.
That's forced a change of bowling with left arm seamer Tom Lammonby replacing Virdi in the visitors attack.
Having been cloudy all day, Southport is bathed in sunshine for the final hour of play today with 13 overs left.
Lancashire 1st inns 101-0 (36 overs) trail by 345 runs, Jennings 30* Wells 67*
Luke Wells has hit consecutive deliveries from van der Merwe for four and six (a straight hit into the sightscreens) to bring up the century partnership off 213 balls and the Red Rose openers have produced a great reply to Somerset's 446.
Lancashire 1st inns 67-0 (27 overs) trail by 379 runs, Jennings 17* Wells 47*
Luke Wells brought up the fifty partnership from the second ball after tea with a drive for four through cover off Peter Siddle.
Wells looks in great touch having since pulled Siddle for four to midwicket and driven the same bowler through cover once again.
4.00pm, TEA Day 2
Lancashire 1st inns 47-0 (22 overs) trail by 399 runs, Jennings 15* Wells 30*
Keaton Jennings and Luke Wells have produced a fine effort to get the Lancashire innings off to great start, Wells driving off front and back foot in one over Lewis Gregory just before tea.
Lancashire 1st inns 18-0 (10 overs) trail by 428 runs, Jennings 4* Wells 12*
We are enjoying an enthralling period of play as Somerset's veteran pair of pace bowlers, Peter Siddle and Jack Brooks, are doing all they can to prise out Keaton Jennings and Luke Wells.
After ten overs skipper Siddle has made a double change with Amar Virdi and Lewis Gregory taking over the attack.
Somerset 446 all out (135.1 overs), Virdi 15*
Roelof van der Merwe has hit three sixes, the third bringing up his fifty off 61 balls but he then chops a Luke Wood delivery onto his stumps to be out for 55.
Somerset 403-9 (128 overs), van der Merwe 26*
Jack Morley strikes early after lunch trapping Jack Brooks lbw for 27.
1.00pm, LUNCH Day 2
Somerset 400-8 (124 overs), van der Merwe 26* Brooks 27*
Roelof van der Merwe and Jack Brooks have added 35 runs with a mixture of defence and attack during their 45-minute alliance up to the lunch break and the view this might be the best day for batting on this wicket looks to being borne out.
This is the highest total conceded by Lancashire this season.
Somerset 365-8 (113 overs), van der Merwe 16* Brooks 0*
Jack Morley has just taken a brilliant diving catch at fine leg to dismiss Peter Siddle for 5 off the bowling of Luke Wood. Morley ran from long leg to fine leg to scoop up a steepling top edge by Siddle inches above the turf. Outstanding.
Somerset 360-7 (112.2 overs), van der Merwe 16* Siddle 0*
Lewis Goldsworthy's fine effort comes to an end on 130 after he nicks a leg glance to wicketkeeper Dane Vilas off George Balderson's second ball of the day.
Somerset 351-6 (111 overs), Goldsworthy 122* van der Merwe 15*
Will Williams has been unlucky not to add to his wickets tally with Goldsworthy edging between slip and gully and then just over second slip for consecutive fours.
Roelof van der Merwe has pulled Williams over square leg for six, edged Bailey narrowly wide of second slip and deposited the ball - after one bounce - into a spectator's beer glass at long-on! It's been an action packed 20 minutes.
Somerset after 110 overs were 343-6 giving Somerset 3 batting points and Lancashire two bowling points.
Somerset 328-6 (108 overs), Goldsworthy 114* van der Merwe 0*
Lancashire have a second bowling point after Lewis Gregory pulls Will Williams down to Jack Morley at fine leg and departs for 42.
Somerset 299-5 (98 overs), Goldsworthy 103* Gregory 25*
While Lewis Gregory has struck some sweetly timed boundaries this morning it has taken Lewis Goldsworthy 22 balls to add to his overnight score, a single taken off Tom Bailey after 35 minutes play.
Somerset 299-5 (98 overs), Goldsworthy 103* Gregory 25*
Excellent and speedy work by the groundstaff has cleared the pitch in time for a prompt start to the second day.
Tom Bailey and Will Williams are bowling the first overs of the day.
It looks as if my earlier optimism about the weather was misplaced as a light shower has seen the groundstaff push the wheeled covers back over the wicket.
A nice moment for Josh Boyden who signed his first professional contract with Lancashire recently.
He has just been presented with his 2ndXI cap by Head Coach Glen Chapple in front of the pavilion.
Somerset closed the first day of our LV= County Championship on 297-5 with Lewis Goldsworthy's fine maiden century capturing the headlines.
The 21 year-old will resume on 103 not out this morning alongside Lewis Gregory who is on 23.
There have been some drops of rain at Southport around 10.15am this morning but the groundstaff are now removing the covers and the clouds have lifted significantly, so we are fairly hopeful of getting away on time at 11am.