All-round Trego hampers Durham
Peter Trego enjoyed a good day with ball and bat as Somerset ran up 357 for eight on the second day of the LV= County Championship match against Durham at Taunton.
The all-rounder took his championship wicket tally for the season to 26 by helping clean up the Durham tail as the visitors added 31 to their overnight 353 for eight.
Trego then hit his first half-century of the season, sharing a seventh-wicket stand of 99 with 18-year-old Craig Overton, who struck 50 off just 55 balls, before finishing unbeaten on 67.
Nick Compton scored 64 to move within 67 runs of 1,000 in first-class cricket this season, while James Hildreth smacked a rapid 53, with 10 fours and a six.
Ian Blackwell, with 3-74, and Jamie Harrison, who marked his championship debut with 3-88, were the pick of the Durham attack. But, as on the first day, batting errors were chiefly responsible for the wickets to fall in more unbroken sunshine.
Harrison and Liam Plunkett, with 24 from 54 balls, played positively at the start of the day before falling to Trego and Alfonso Thomas respectively as Durham were dismissed.
Somerset suffered a poor start in reply as Harrison pinned Arul Suppiah lbw for four, but Alex Barrow and Compton were both unbeaten on 25 at lunch with the score 66 for one.
Barrow nicked a leg-side catch to wicketkeeper Phil Mustard off a rusty-looking Steve Harmison without adding to his score after the interval. But Hildreth came in to blaze a trio of fours off his first four deliveries and looked in supreme form.
The right-hander had faced only 39 balls when missing an attempted pull off Harrison and losing his leg stump. By then Somerset were 138 for three, with Compton well set.
He and Craig Kieswetter took the total to 199 in the 43rd over before Compton uncharacteristically pulled a short ball from Blackwell to Callum Thorp, who leapt to take the catch above his head at midwicket. He had faced 121 balls and hit nine fours.
Jos Buttler gave his wicket away with a flashing cut off Blackwell before he had scored, wicketkeeper Phil Mustard taking a routine catch and when Kieswetter fell lbw to Thorp for 42, Somerset were in trouble at 209 for six.
Overton showed no nerves in bludgeoning 10 fours in his maiden championship half-century, sharing an entertaining stand with Trego, which put their team back in the game.
By the close, Somerset were 27 runs behind, with Trego having reined himself back responsibly; he had faced 112 balls, hitting six fours and a maximum.