Craig Meschede & Craig Overton give Somerset upper hand

Craig Overton celebrates a wicket
County Championship Division One, Emirates Durham ICG, day one (close):
Durham 125 v Somerset 220-8
Somerset 4pts, Durham 2pts
Match scorecard

Youngsters Craig Meschede and Craig Overton put Somerset in the driving seat on a hectic opening day against Durham at Chester-le-Street.

The home side were skittled for 125 in just 46 overs with 18-year-old seamer Overton taking 4-38 and Meschede 3-26.

Somerset slumped to 45-4 and 95-5 in reply before Meschede and Craig Kieswetter (60 not out) put on 107.

Meschede, 20, hit 13 fours in his 62 before falling to Callum Thorp (4-53) as Somerset reached 220-8 at the close.

Seam bowler Thorp was on a hat-trick after having Vernon Philander and Overton caught off successive deliveries, but Max Waller denied him before the umpires decided the light was too poor for play to continue.

Durham's collapse earlier in the day against a side featuring five players aged 20 or under highlighted the batting problems which have afflicted them this season.

Paul Collingwood's dismissal for four, caught at first slip after trying to drive a ball from Trego, continued his lean spell and Mark Stoneman's 33 was the top score for a side who have only managed one batting bonus point so far this season.

Overton's figures in only his second first-class appearance underlined his potential, while South Africa-born Meschede's performances with bat and ball were the best of his career.

He outscored Kieswetter during his 60-ball knock, but the England one-day keeper still collected nine boundaries of his own including two in one over off Graham Onions in the penultimate over of play.

VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

BBC Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:

"Given Durham's problems with the bat this season, Somerset's lead of 95 already looks substantial.

"The home side's total of 125 was their worst in a championship match against Somerset and although the players continue to blame difficult conditions, this was probably the nicest day they have had to bat this season, and they risk being cut adrift at the bottom of the table after just five games.

"Somerset sent out their only 11 fit players and were on the ropes as well in a crazy day's cricket until Peter Trego and Craig Kieswetter got stuck in, adding 95 for the fifth wicket before Craig Meschede and Kieswetter then added another 107 for the sixth. Don't rule out a two-day finish!"

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