Six-wicket haul for Andre Adams helps Notts take charge

LV County Championship Division One, Taunton
Close of play, day three: Somerset 177, Nottinghamshire 183-3
Notts 3pts, Somerset 1pt
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Andre Adams claimed his sixth five-wicket haul of the season to help Nottinghamshire take charge against Somerset at Taunton.

Adams took 6-33 as Somerset, 20-0 overnight after two washed-out days, were bowled out for just 177.

Luke Fletcher weighed in with 3-52 as title-chasing Somerset missed out on any batting points.

Samit Patel then made an unbeaten 70 as Notts finished on 183-3 - six runs ahead going to the final day.

Adams bowled five of his victims, uprooting a stump on each occasion, as he took his tally of first-class wickets for the season to 56.

With only a day to go a draw seems the inevitable outcome, unless Notts can score quick runs on the final day, then bowl out Somerset cheaply again.

Somerset, who had lost both openers to Fletcher on day one, could never gain any momentum as wickets fell steadily.

From 51 for two they slipped to 88 for five in the morning session as Adams disturbed the stumps of Nick Compton and James Hildreth (35), while Charlie Shreck bowled Craig Kieswetter off an inside edge.

At 130-5 at lunch, much rested on the partnership between Jos Buttler and Peter Trego, which by then was worth 42.

But only seven had been added after the interval when Trego was adjudged caught behind down the leg-side off Fletcher, the all-rounder clearly feeling that the ball had flicked his pocket.

Buttler was then bowled for 43 by Adams, who cleaned up the tail.

Nottinghamshire then found themselves batting in bright sunshine - a sharp contrast to the incessant rain of the first two days.

Alex Hales and Karl Turner made the most of the conditions, putting on a half-century opening stand in less than eight overs.

The impressive Patel then eased to the first half-century of the match off 76 balls, although being given a life when Alfonso Thomas spilled a skier on 52, to deny Ireland left-arm spinner George Dockrell his first wicket on his Championship debut.

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