Solanki on form for Worcestershire against Somerset

Vikram Solanki
County Championship Division One, New Road
Close, day one: Worcestershire 270-3 v Somerset
Worcs 2pts, Somerset 1pt
Match scorecard

Vikram Solanki scored an unbeaten 82 as Worcestershire's batsman excelled on the opening day against Somerset.

The hosts, still looking for the first win of the season, closed on 270-3 with three players making half-centuries.

Daryl Mitchell (80) and Australian Phil Hughes (53), put on 100 for the first wicket.

Peter Trego (2-56) and Arul Suppiah (1-17) took the three wickets to fall on a tough day for third-placed Somerset.

VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

BBC Hereford & Worcester's Dave Bradley:

"A day of the purists as Somerset stuck to their task on a hot and humid day that made it hard for Worcestershire.

"Hughes, after a century in the one-day game on Sunday, got past 50 again but struggled to time the ball on occasions.

"There was also a typical dogged effort from skipper Mitchell, as they put on a rare century opening stand.

"Solanki produced the best batting of the day with his usual flowing cover drives, while Trego put in a sterling effort for Somerset."

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