Compton stars for rampant Somerset
In-form Nick Compton notched his third double century inside a calendar year and Arul Suppiah and James Hildreth also hit hundreds as Somerset dominated Nottinghamshire on day three of their LV= County Championship clash at Trent Bridge.
After rain had severely limited play on the first two days, the visitors racked up a commanding 445 for two declared after resuming on 78 for one in reply to Notts’ below-par 162.
Compton was the driving force behind that mammoth total with an unbeaten 204 from 323 balls, which contained 15 fours and three sixes; his second ton came from just 81 deliveries.
Even though Notts survived the final 12 overs to reach 47 without loss, Somerset will still hope to close out their second victory of the campaign on the final day.
Compton – grandson of former England legend Denis – put on 216 for the second wicket with Suppiah, who struck 124, and then joined forces with Hildreth to add 217 for the third. The duo accelerated rapidly in the evening session, with Hildreth finishing on 102 not out.
That saw Somerset make light of an ankle injury to captain Marcus Trescothick, which is likely to sideline him for at least two weeks, according to director of cricket Brian Rose.
Composed right-hander Compton continued the remarkable run of form that has already seen him score 133 against Warwickshire, 99 against Middlesex and 236 against Cardiff MCCU this season.
He took his tally as the leading run-scorer in first-class cricket this season to 685 as a beleaguered Notts – badly missing their leading wicket-taker of the last three seasons, Andre Adams, through illness – were left without a single bonus point.
Both Compton and Suppiah were watchful in the first hour but, once the latter went to his seventh first-class century shortly before lunch, the pair capitalised on improving batting conditions.
Suppiah cracked 15 fours and two maximums before edging to first slip to provide Paul Franks with his 500th first-class wicket.
That brought in Hildreth, who played his shots from the off and was well set himself by the time Compton reached three figures from 241 balls shortly after tea.
The number four had one let off when he upper-cut Harry Gurney straight to Franks at third man on 70, but the fielder could not cling on.
From then on, Somerset scored runs at will as Hildreth went to his hundred from 112 balls and Compton passed 200 almost immediately after by straight-driving Samit Patel to the fence.
Alex Hales and Neil Edwards, who both reached 22, were largely untroubled in reducing Notts’ deficit to 236 by stumps.