Somerset dominate on day 1.

Somerset pummeled 408 and had Hampshire 1 down at the close. Both teams came into this game after heavy defeats against Essex at Chelmsford. Somerset won the toss and decided to bat.

Abell in combination with Ahzar looked untroubled before Abvot got one to nip back into Ahzar’s pads. It was given out and Ali was out for 12 leaving Somerset on 18-1. This was when Hildreth combined with Abell to put on 178 in 235 balls. These two played fluently hitting all the bad balls. There was a lot of them, asides from Abbott and Edwards the other bowlers leaked runs or were un-threatening. Hildreth fell for a brilliant 105 and Banton came in. Him and Abell, batting fluently on 60, put on 41 before Abell was gotten out for a brilliant captain innings 82. Somerset 237-3. Bartlett joined Banton came together with tea Banton reaching his fifty and Bartlett on 16. At tea, Somerset was 289-3. Banton reached a fluent 78 off 94 a career-best for the young man. He fell leaving Somerset on 353-4 and then Davies leg before for 1. Gregory and Bartlett attacked before there was a flurry of wickets. Somerset was 401-5 before Gregory was caught at slip flirting with one and Bartlett strangled down the leg side. Hampshire cleaned the tail up. Somerset 408 all out. Hampshire had 6 over’s to negotiate.

Jamie Overton made an early breakthrough having Soames caught behind for a duck. Hampshire finishing the day on 15-1. Trailing by 393 runs. A great day of county cricket.

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