Warwicks on brink of victory against Somerset

LV County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Close, day three: Somerset 262 and 191-9, Warwickshire 448
Warwicks 8pts, Somerset 4pts
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LV County Championship

Somerset's England one-day call-up Craig Kieswetter was out for his second duck of the match as Warwickshire closed in on victory at Edgbaston.

The home team added 50 to their overnight score of 398-7, giving them a first innings lead of 186.

Marcus Trescothick then made 55 before Rikki Clarke (3-30) and Chris Woakes (2-40) reduced the visitors to 171-8.

Warwickshire took the extra half hour, but Nick Compton (81 no) saw Somerset to the close on 191-9, a lead of 5.

The key wicket was that of Trescothick, whose half-century was his seventh consecutive score of 50 or more, a sequence in which he has amassed 750 runs at an average of 125.

The former England opener had not given a chance before he swept hard at a delivery from left-arm spinner Chris Metters.

The ball smacked into Ian Westwood at short leg and somehow lodged between his right arm and midriff.

Kieswetter's pair was the first of his first-class career. He was dismissed leg before by England team-mate Woakes, and both men now leave this match to join the international squad preparing for a Twenty20 international against Sri Lanka at Bristol on Saturday.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC Radio WM's Richard Wilford:

"A very professional bowling performance from the Bears has them on the brink of their first double over Somerset in fifty years.

"Well-set fields by Warwickshire skipper Jim Troughton starved the visiting batsmen of their usual scoring areas and inspired another middle order collapse, mirroring that in the first innings.

"Rikki Clarke showed the virtues of bowling full and straight, while young Chris Metters had a splendid day with three wickets and two fine catches.

"The extra half-hour did not quite finish the job, but only the weather can now deny the Bears."

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