Warwickshire power on
Varun Chopra completed his maiden double century and Chris Woakes hit 129 as Warwickshire extended their first innings to 642 on the second day at Taunton.
It was the highest total after being put in to bat in the club’s history and easily their best against Somerset.
By the close the hosts had slumped to 147 for six in reply, Arul Suppiah making 62 of them.
All six wickets fell in a dreadful evening session for Somerset, including five for the addition of just 24 runs.
Chopra faced 348 balls for his 210, which featured 29 fours and three sixes, before being bowled by Ajantha Mendis, who returned figures of 4-183 on his Somerset debut.
Woakes smacked 18 fours and a six in his 129-ball innings from number eight, while Ant Botha contributed 64. Gemaal Hussain went for 154 from 28 overs and Charl Willoughby’s four wickets cost 139.
Mendis sent down 14 no-balls, 12 of them on the opening day, and it is proving a sobering start to the LV= County Championship Division One season for Somerset, rated favourites by the bookmakers to lift the title for the first time in their history.
Chopra, unbeaten on 174 overnight, moved to his double hundred when the total reached 471 for six with a two to third man off Hussain. He had faced 330 balls, punishing bowling that tended to be too wide.
Woakes began the day on 29 and gave another demonstration of his all-round talent by bringing up his hundred shortly after lunch with a cover-driven four off Hussain, his 14th off just 106 balls.
Botha added to Somerset’s woes with a 94-ball half-century featuring nine fours and by the time Mendis wrapped up the tail the hosts needed 493 to avoid following on.
They reached 37 without loss by tea, but in the first over after the interval Marcus Trescothick edged Andrew Miller to Darren Maddy at first slip.
Suppiah led some all too brief resistance, reaching his half-century off 74 balls, with eight fours. Nick Compton helped bring up the hundred in 26 overs in conditions made more testing by indifferent light.
But Suppiah surrendered his wicket tamely with the total on 118, cutting a short ball from Rikki Clarke straight into the midriff of Chopra at gully, and Compton soon followed, lbw to Woakes for 18.
James Hildreth played on to Woakes, then Jos Buttler fell for a duck, caught off Clarke by substitute wicketkeeper Richard Johnson, on for Tim Ambrose, who injured himself while batting on the first day.
Craig Kieswetter perished cheaply too before the umpires called a halt because of the light, with seven overs still to be bowled.