Tresco helps Somerset turn corner

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Marcus Trescothick

Marcus Trescothick shrugged off his first-innings failure to grind out a 14-run lead by close at Trent Bridge

Marcus Trescothick's unbeaten 66 helped Somerset fight back strongly in the final session against Nottinghamshire in the LV= County Championship Division One match at Trent Bridge.

They trailed by 123 runs on first innings after the hosts posted 261 with the help of knocks of 63 from Adam Voges and Ali Brown as Charl Willoughby took 5-81.

But by the close, Somerset were 137 for three, 14 runs in front, as the former England opening batsman powered 12 boundaries.

Skipper Justin Langer was 26 not out at the close and the experienced duo could be the key to the visitors’ chances in an intriguingly-poised game.

Somerset enjoyed a great start as Notts resumed the day on 55 for three when Willoughby struck in his first over, Bilal Shafayat gloving behind without adding to his overnight score of 19.

But under sunnier skies than day one, Adam Voges and Ali Brown came together to add 119 for the fifth wicket either side of lunch.

As ever, ex-Surrey man Brown was keen to get on with things and showed his intent by twice lifting Zander de Bruyn straight back down the ground.

Australian Voges played a more textbook innings, although he did survive on 18 when Craig Kieswetter failed to cling on to a difficult chance down the leg side.

Brown should have gone shortly after the resumption on 46 when Omari Banks failed to hold onto a straightforward catch in the gully.

Charl Willoughby

Charl Willoughby's five-for ensured Nottinghamshire's lead was not insurmountable for Somerset

The century stand came up from 185 balls before Brown reached his fifty by punching Willoughby to the ropes.

However, Voges then became Willoughby’s fourth victim as he adjudged lbw to an inswinger, having faced 140 deliveries and registered nine boundaries.

That made it 175 for five and Brown, who faced 123 balls and hit nine fours, followed eight runs later, driving Peter Trego to James Hildreth at cover.

Mark Ealham came and went quickly as he pushed at a ball that nipped away and Langer safely pouched the catch.

Just when the Notts innings was in danger of collapsing at 189 for seven, Andre Adams joined skipper Chris Read to put on a rapid 42 for the eighth wicket.

The Kiwi contributed 24 from 17 balls before he was bowled advancing down the wicket to Trego.

Ryan Sidebottom offered Read valuable support as they added a further 30 before both were dismissed in quick succession to bring an end to the innings, the latter’s skied catch giving Willoughby his fifth wicket.

Trescothick ensured Somerset got off to a flyer second time around but with the score on 50, Arul Suppiah nicked behind Adams’ second ball of his spell.

Sidebottom pinned Banks lbw and James Hildreth was bowled for 18 through the gate by Mark Ealham.

But Langer came in at number five and there were no further mishaps as he and Trescothick put on an unbroken 45.