Worcestershire's Moeen Ali hits ton as Somerset toil
|LV= County Championship - Division One, New Road|
|Close, day one: Worcestershire 367-3 v Somerset|
|Worcs 4pts, Somerset 1pt|
Moeen Ali's first County Championship century of the summer helped Worcestershire to 367-3 on the opening day of their clash with Somerset.
Worcestershire won the toss at New Road but Steve Kirby soon had opener Matthew Pardoe caught at second slip.
Daryl Mitchell (45) also fell before lunch, before Moeen put on 148 for the third wicket with Vikram Solanki (90).
Moeen, who finished 134 not out, also shared an unbroken 128 with Alexei Kervezee (68no) as Somerset toiled.
It was his first century in 10 months and gave Worcestershire a solid platform from which to push for the victory that will lift them out of the Division One relegation zone.
Kirby bowled well with the new ball and was rewarded with the wicket of Pardoe, comfortably held by visiting captain Marcus Trescothick.
But a stand of 73 for the second wicket between Mitchell and Solanki suggested it could be a day for the batsmen and so it proved.
Peter Trego had Mitchell taken by James Hildreth at first slip, but Moeen and Solanki stayed together throughout the afternoon.
Their 41-over partnership was finally ended when Hildreth took a difficult catch over his shoulder running round the boundary to give Murali Kartik the scalp of Solanki, but Moeen went on, bringing up his century with a top-edged six off Trego.
He ended the day with 18 fours to his name, while Kervezee contributed 11 boundaries in his 61-ball half-century.