Adams undermines Somerset
Nottinghamshire seamer Andre Adams dented Somerset’s title hopes with 6-33 as they were bowled out for 177 on the third day of the rain-affected LV= County Championship match at Taunton.
It meant no batting points for Marcus Trescothick’s men, who had begun on 20 for two after only eight overs were bowled over the first two days. Jos Buttler top-scored with 43, while Luke Fletcher finished with 3-52.
Adams, the competition’s leading wicket-taker last year, bowled five of his victims, uprooting a stump on each occasion, as he took his tally for the season to 56 in first-class cricket.
By the close the visitors had replied with 183 for three on the back of Samit Patel’s 70 not out, and with only a day to go a draw seems the inevitable outcome.
Somerset, who lost both openers to Fletcher on day one, could never gain any momentum as wickets fell steadily.
From 51 for two they slipped to 88 for five in the morning session as Adams bowled Nick Compton and James Hildreth, for 35, while Charlie Shreck accounted for Craig Kieswetter off an inside edge.
It was 130 for five at lunch and much rested on the partnership between Buttler and Peter Trego, which by then was worth 42.
But only seven had been added after the interval when Trego was adjudged caught behind down the leg side off Fletcher for 21. The all-rounder clearly felt the ball had flicked his pocket.
Buttler was bowled by Adams, having faced 55 balls and hit eight fours, and the New Zealander cleaned up the tail to leave Nottinghamshire batting in bright sunshine - a sharp contrast to the incessant rain of the first two days.
Alex Hales and Karl Turner made the most of the conditions, sharing an opening stand of 51 in eight overs before Hales edged a lifter from Steve Kirby and departed for 28.
Turner survived a chance to Trescothick at second slip off Alfonso Thomas on 28 but had added just eight more before miscuing a pull off the same bowler to Charl Willoughby at mid-on.
Darren Bravo looked comfortable in moving to 27 before Kirby found his edge and Kieswetter took a good diving catch in front of the slips.
The impressive Patel eased to the first half-century of the match, off 76 balls and containing eight fours, as Nottinghamshire closed in on the Somerset total.
Ireland left-arm spinner George Dockrell was denied his first championship wicket on his debut in the competition when Thomas spilled a skier offered by Patel on 52.