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Patel puts Somerset in a spin

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A career-best seven-wicket haul for Jeetan Patel put Division One leaders Warwickshire into a good position in their LV= County Championship clash against Somerset at Taunton.

Responding to Warwickshire's total of 400, the hosts just managed to avoid the follow-on thanks to a defiant unbeaten 73 from Nick Compton.

The visitors ended the day 212 runs ahead with seven second-innings wickets remaining after reaching 66 for three, Varun Chopra unbeaten on 27.

At the start of the day, Warwickshire lost their last three batsmen in the space of 17 balls for the addition of 13 runs.

Jim Troughton tried to hook Alfonso Thomas' second ball and was caught by wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter on his overnight score of 132. Keith Barker drove the last ball of the second over to the boundary to bring up 400 for Warwickshire.

Thomas ensured maximum bowling points for Somerset by taking two wickets with consecutive balls in the 110th over, Patel caught by Compton at third man off the fourth and Barker losing his off stump next delivery. Warwickshire were all out for 400, Thomas ending with 6-60, equalling his best for Somerset.

In reply, the hosts lost Alex Barrow on 19, needlessly run out at the striker's end by a direct hit from Chris Wright. Arul Suppiah survived an early chance off Barker, after which he played some well-timed shots.

Jeetan Patel

Warwickshire spinner Jeetan Patel terrorised Somerset on day three at Taunton, taking fine career-best figures of 7-75 off 24.5 overs

Compton brought up the Somerset 50 with a cover drive off Barker before Suppiah reached his half-century with a square drive off Chris Woakes. But, four runs later, he played defensively to off-spinner Patel and edged to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose.

Patel continued to threaten from the River End while Rikki Clarke, in his second over, had James Hildreth caught at second slip by Chopra.

Craig Kieswetter soon got into his stride and played some exquisite drives off Clarke and Patel to quickly overtake Compton, who had patiently moved onto 33.

England's limited-overs wicketkeeper drove Patel through midwicket before trying the same shot again to be caught by Laurie Evans for 44.

Compton carried on steadily and went to his fifty with a single off Wright to midwicket.

Jos Buttler looked settled and hit Patel for six over deep backward square, but, looking to repeat the shot next ball, fell short and was caught by Woakes for 20.

Pete Trego's stay was brief and, on three, he edged Patel to Clarke at slip; at 206 for six, the Somerset follow-on target looked a long way off.

Craig Meschede joined Compton and together they added 20 before the young all-rounder nicked Patel to Clarke at slip. Thomas was caught by Chopra at first slip off Clarke for one with the total on 227, leaving Compton and the remaining batsmen the task of seeing their side beyond the follow-on total.

Max Waller hit three boundaries as Somerset edged nearer, before Compton saw up the 250 with an off drive. Waller, who took two off Patel to third man, ensured Warwickshire had to bat again.

With the score on 254, Patel accounted for both Waller, caught at short leg by Ian Westwood for 17, and Gemaal Hussain to end with career-best figures of 7-75.

Compton remained unbeaten to bring his championship run total to 935.

In the 22 overs of play that remained, Somerset captured three Warwickshire wickets. Westwood went leg before to Hussain with the total on 32, Evans was caught by Buttler at short extra off Suppiah and Troughton was run out shortly after.

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