Somerset on top despite Read heroics
A brilliant unbeaten 104 from skipper Chris Read saved Nottinghamshire from embarrassment against Somerset in the LV= County Championship.
The early Division One leaders had crashed to 106 for nine, with Peter Trego claiming his first five-wicket haul for Somerset, when Read was joined by number 11 Harry Gurney.
Read was on 58 at the time but the pair added 56 for the 10th wicket to allow the wicketkeeper to reach the 21st first-class century of his career, before Gurney was bowled by Steve Kirby to leave Notts 162 all out.
Somerset then set about closing the margin to reach 78 for one, with Arul Suppiah unbeaten on 50, before rain arrived in the afternoon session to end the day’s play.
The only sour note for Somerset was a potentially serious injury to captain Marcus Trescothick, who hobbled off holding his right ankle before going for a scan on the same joint that ended his season early last year.
After Notts had resumed their first innings on 93 for six, Read soon lost partner Paul Franks, the left-hander trapped lbw on the front foot to an inswinger from Trego.
Former Somerset seamer Ben Phillips got off the mark first ball with a straight-driven four but was back in the pavilion two deliveries later as Trego bowled a beauty to find the outside edge on its way to wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter.
Luke Fletcher could only survive for three more overs before he edged tamely to Trescothick at second slip off Kirby, leaving debutant Gurney, signed in the winter from Leicestershire, to join Read in the middle.
The Notts captain attacked with some productive pulls through the leg side, as well as two well-timed drives off front and back foot against Kirby, as the score moved past 150.
A hook for four off Lewis Gregory brought up three figures for the 33-year-old, who received a deserved standing ovation from the home supporters.
Gurney’s stubborn resistance was eventually ended, after more than an hour, by a straight delivery from Kirby as Notts again failed to register a single batting point in their third championship match of the season.
Stand-in Somerset opener Gregory was then bowled by Phillips’ second ball after lunch, but Suppiah and Nick Compton showed great patience against a probing Notts attack to avoid the loss of further wickets, and will look to push on to an imposing total on day three.