Three and easy for Philander

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Vernon Philander claimed three wickets for six runs in eight overs before rain washed out most of the second day of the LV= County Championship Division One game between Somerset and Lancashire at Taunton.

The South Africa seamer helped reduce the champions from an overnight 363 for four to 395 for nine as the hosts collected maximum bowling points, despite performing poorly on the opening day.

One of Philander’s victims was Steven Croft, who failed to add to his 113. Somerset wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter took three catches, two of them brilliant diving efforts.

But rain was always threatening and the players were forced off at 12.25pm BST. No further play was possible and Lancashire had to reflect on losing five wickets for 32 runs in 21 overs.

Gareth Cross - on 21 - was first to go as Kieswetter went full length to his right to hold a low catch off Philander.

Vernon Philander & Sajid Mahmood

Vernon Philander snares Sajid Mahmood, his third wicket for four runs in six overs from the Old Pavilion End as Somerset dominated

Soon it was 365 for six as Luke Procter, having registered only a single, fell to an even better catch by England's limited-overs wicketkeeper, who held the ball one-handed inches off the ground, diving in front of first slip.

Peter Trego was the successful bowler; it was a 15th victim of the season from the all-rounder, who took only 27 championship wickets last summer.

Lancashire were finding it difficult to score against some accurate bowling and Croft was next to go as an edge off Philander gave Kieswetter a more straightforward catch.

When Sajid Mahmood was beaten and bowled middle stump for three, Philander had taken three wickets for four runs in six overs from the Old Pavilion End.

The powerful paceman bowled two more without success, but again gave notice that he is likely to prove a handful for England’s batsmen later this summer.

Glen Chapple briefly boosted the Lancashire total with some pleasant shots. But, on 20, he was snapped up at slip by James Hildreth off left-arm spinner George Dockrell.

Lancashire were still short of maximum batting points when the rain came. By mid-afternoon there were puddles on the outfield and more seagulls than spectators inside the ground.

Umpires Neil Bainton and Martin Saggers finally decided no further play would be possible at 4.15pm.

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