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Patel continues Taunton joy

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Samit Patel again showed his liking for batting at Taunton as his unbeaten century helped Nottinghamshire take full advantage of being sent in by Somerset as they closed day one on 382 for five.

Only 10 championship hundreds had ever been scored by Nottinghamshire players at Taunton coming into the match, with two of those being recorded by Patel, who made 104 in 2009 and 128 two years later.

And the 29-year-old all-rounder was at it again today with 116 off 149 balls, including 20 fours, to leave Nottinghamshire in a strong position after the opening day as they chase a first championship win at this ground since 1985.

Visiting skipper Chris Read could also add his name to that limited list of centurions tomorrow, after contributing an unbeaten 95 to a blistering 188-run stand with Patel that further rubbed in the misery for Somerset after the unbeaten hosts had opted to field first on a sunny morning.

Marcus Trescothick's decision to bowl looked like it could pay dividends as the Nottinghamshire openers found conditions a little tricky early on, and the hosts were rewarded with two breakthroughs in the opening 12 overs.

Alfonso Thomas was the first to strike, pegging back Steven Mullaney's off stump for 22, before Lewis Gregory continued his good early-season form with the wicket of Michael Lumb, caught at third slip by Alviro Petersen for seven.

Gregory picked up nine wickets in Somerset's win over Division One leaders Sussex last time out, having previously claimed eight against Durham, and the 21-year-old was again his side's most successful bowler as he finished the day with 3-65 after also sending back Phil Jaques and James Taylor.

However, that was not before the two batsmen had both brought up half-centuries during a third-wicket stand that helped Nottinghamshire recover from 45 for two to 157 for three.

Opener Jaques made 65 while Taylor added 60 before the pair fell within five runs of each other as Gregory led a Somerset fightback.

Another of the west country side's promising youngsters, fast bowler Jamie Overton, then got in on the act with the wicket of Riki Wessels for seven just before tea.

With Nottinghamshire stuttering on 194 for five, the hosts would have been looking at a satisfactory day's work.

That was until Patel and Read joined forces, taking the attack back to Somerset in a brutal fashion in the evening session.

The duo's unbroken 188-run stand came at almost six runs an over, with Read's 95 taking only 103 deliveries and including 17 fours as Somerset were made to toil late on.

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