Fiery Overton hurts Middlesex
Somerset teenager Jamie Overton claimed career-best figures of 4-65 as Middlesex reached 293 for eight on the opening day of the LV= County Championship Division One match at Taunton.
The 19-year-old seamer generated plenty of pace in sending down 21 overs and was well supported by Jack Leach, who took 3-36.
However, half-centuries from Chris Rogers, Joe Denly and Neil Dexter, who was unbeaten on 73 at the close, kept the home attack at bay.
Somerset skipper Marcus Trescothick invited the visitors to bat on a green pitch, but saw his new-ball attack thwarted by Rogers and Sam Robson.
They took the score to 76 in the 24th over before the latter, who had looked the more solid of the pair, edged Overton to Trescothick at second slip and departed for 42.
It was 92 for one at lunch and Middlesex looked to be getting on top as Rogers reached his fifty off 121 balls, with four fours, and Denly followed suit, having struck 10 boundaries, not all of them off the face of the bat, in facing 71 deliveries.
The pair took the score to 158 before Somerset hit back with three wickets for just four runs. Rogers, who had needed a fair amount of good fortune in the morning session, nicked Overton to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler for 57.
The next over saw left-arm spinner Leach bowl Denly shouldering arms for 55 and the one after that brought the demise of Dawid Malan, snapped up by Trescothick in the slips off Overton.
Dexter and John Simpson steadied the ship before the latter, on 22, gave a sharp catch to James Hildreth at short-leg off Leach to make it 211 for five.
Gareth Berg swept straight to Peter Trego at midwicket, giving 21-year-old Leach his third wicket and Middlesex had slumped to 222 for seven when James Harris was caught behind off Lewis Gregory.
Dexter moved to a valuable fifty off 110 balls, with six fours, and Toby Roland-Jones, who had helped add 48 for the eighth wicket, edged Overton to Hildreth at first slip and fell for 21.
Tom Smith then joined Dexter in the quest for a third batting bonus point, which will require seven more runs in the morning.
By stumps, Dexter had faced 139 balls and extended his boundary count to eight; it was a vital innings in the context of an evenly fought first day.