Kartik gives Somerset the edge

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Michael Carberry hit 71 before succumbing to the impressive Murali Kartik, who took 3-51 as Somerset claimed the honours

Somerset spinner Murali Kartik claimed three wickets to peg Hampshire back to 217 for five their LV= County Championship Division One match at Taunton.

By the time one of several showers ended play for the day with a possible 13 overs remaining, Kartik had taken 3-51 from 23 overs.

Michael Carberry, Michael Lumb and Jimmy Adams threatened to make Somerset pay more heavily for a couple of dropped catches and the total reached 130 for one before Kartik turned the game on its head.

With clever variation of flight and pace, plus some first-day turn, he not only slowed the scoring rate but removed Carberry, Lumb and James Vince to keep his side in the game.

Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick was clearly looking to cash in on a green-looking pitch when inviting Hampshire to bat.

But two early chances went begging as Adams was dropped in the slips by Peter Trego off Charl Willoughby and again by Jos Buttler at square-leg off the same bowler in the third over.

Adams also survived a run-out scare as he and Carberry brought up a half-century stand in the 15th over.

Trego made the breakthrough when he had Adams, on 34, well taken low down by wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter with the total on 62 in the 22nd over.

Kieswetter had been off the field briefly for treatment on a tight hamstring, Buttler deputising behind the stumps.

A flurry of rain brought an early lunch at 12.50pm by which time Hampshire had reached 72 for one, with Carberry unbeaten on 33.

When play resumed, Carberry moved to a solid 50 off 91 balls with seven fours and a top-edged six over fine-leg off Alfonso Thomas.

However, he departed for a well-made 71 when he nicked a Kartik arm ball to Kieswetter behind the stumps.

Lumb and Neil McKenzie then added 50 for the third wicket, taking the total to 180, before the former got a leading edge to Kartik trying to work him through the leg side and was caught and bowled for 42.

Tea was taken at 186 for three and there was another short interruption for rain before Vince, on four, was lbw to Kartik playing no shot and McKenzie also fell leg before stretching well forward to Willoughby.

Dan Christian and Sean Ervine took Hampshire through to stumps but, with 78 overs gone, they will face the new ball early in the morning.

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