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Kerrigan hits milestone as Lancashire strike back

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Simon Kerrigan claimed the 100th wicket of his first-class career as Lancashire fought back strongly against Somerset on the second day of their LV= County Championship Division One match at Aigburth.

The 21-year-old reached the landmark in his 31st game when he had Nick Compton leg before on the sweep for 22.

However, the Somerset batsman also had reason to celebrate, having become the first player to score a thousand championship runs when he reached 13.

By the close, though, the visitors had been bowled out for 149 in reply to Lancashire's first-innings total of 185 as this vital game for both sides continued to absorb the Liverpool crowd.

Kerrigan finished the day with 3-47 from 22 overs and was given good support by Glen Chapple, who returned 3-38, Ajmal Shahzad and Kyle Hogg.

Simon Kerrigan

Simon Kerrigan wheels away at Aigburth on a day when he claimed his 100th first-class wicket to aid an impressive Lancashire fightback

In a tense afternoon session Kerrigan added the wicket of Craig Kieswetter, caught at backward point by Paul Horton for 16, to that of Compton, and Shahzad reduced Somerset to 89 for five next ball when he bowled James Hildreth for a patient 45.

After a 53-minute rain break, which included an early tea, Shahzad had Peter Trego caught at point for 17 and Kerrigan trapped Alfonso Thomas when the batsman attempted to lap the ball to leg.

Hogg claimed the key wicket of Jos Buttler and then bowled Gemaal Hussain as the home side finished the day on a high.

In the morning session Lancashire had lost their final five wickets for 56 runs, three of them to Thomas - who finished with 4-63.

Trego did not add to his first-day haul but made a significant contribution to his side's fortunes by pouching a slip catch off Steve Kirby to remove Andrea Agathangelou.

The South African-born batsman had looked one of his side's most polished and competent batsmen in making 24 off 59 balls and his first mistake - an edged forward push off Kirby - was his last. Kirby also had Kerrigan caught at slip and finished the innings with 2-40.

Despite posting only a modest total, the home side received an immediate boost when Chapple claimed two wickets in the four overs before lunch.

First the Lancashire skipper induced Arul Suppiah to play the fifth ball of the innings onto his own stumps and he then grabbed the prize wicket of Marcus Trescothick, who shaped to play Chapple to leg but succeeded only in edging to Stephen Moore in the gully.

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