Willoughby shines after showers

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Charl Willoughby claimed 4-80 as Somerset dismissed Hampshire for 284 on a second day that was almost completely wiped out by the rain at Taunton.

Play did not get underway until just before 5pm with the visitors resuming on 217 for five and only 24 overs available.

Left-arm seamer Willoughby took three of the five wickets to fall as, after a bright start, Hampshire collapsed from 284 for seven to be all out for the same score.

Somerset were left with seven overs to bat and closed on 16 for one, having lost the key wicket of skipper Marcus Trescothick for seven.

Charl Willoughby

Charl Willoughby helped polish off Hampshire's lower order once play began at Taunton just before 5pm

After a frustrating day during which the covers had been taken off and replaced on several occasions, the hosts took the new ball at the earliest opportunity with only two overs bowled.

Despite that move, Hampshire’s overnight batsmen, Sean Ervine and Dan Christian, took their runs freely.

Christian, on 18, survived a confident appeal for a catch behind off Alfonso Thomas, which umpire Michael Gough declined.

However it was Willoughby who looked to be causing most problems and he accounted for Christian, who played on with the score on 252, a wicket that gave Somerset a second bowling point.

Willoughby struck again with the last ball of the same over when he bowled Michael Bates for two.

Ervine had enjoyed a charmed life, almost chopping on to Thomas, but two balls later he looked to pull a short ball and top-edged to Jos Buttler at square-leg. His 48 had come off 66 balls with six fours.

Thomas then accounted for James Tomlinson, leg before with his next delivery, bringing Danny Briggs in to face the hat-trick ball, which he survived.

Willoughby wrapped up the innings in the next over when Dominic Cork, on 12, came down the wicket and was caught at long-off by James Hildreth.

Somerset began their reply in attacking mood, but were pegged back when Trescothick got a leading edge to a ball from Tomlinson to offer a return catch.

Thomas was sent in as nightwatchman and survived with Arul Suppiah until the close.

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