County Championship: Hildreth ton after Anderson burst but Somerset follow on

Jimmy Anderson has now taken 260 of his career haul of 731 first-class wickets for Lancashire
Jimmy Anderson has now taken 260 of his career haul of 731 first-class wickets for Lancashire
Specsavers County Championship Div One, Cooper Associates County Ground
Somerset v Lancashire, day three
Lancashire 493-9 dec: Livingstone 108*, Croft 94, Petersen 83, Brown 47
Somerset 313 & 0-0: Hildreth 130, Rogers 55; Kerrigan 3-63, Anderson 3-72
Lancashire lead by 180 runs
Lancashire 6 pts, Somerset 4 pts
Match scorecard

James Hildreth made a battling century for Somerset, but could not prevent his side following on against promoted Lancashire at Taunton.

Last season's top run scorer in first-class cricket hit 130 out of Somerset's 313, sharing an eighth-wicket stand of 139 with Jamie Overton (51).

That came after a middle-order collapse as England fast bowler Jimmy Anderson took three wickets in an over.

Put in again before the close, Somerset survived one Anderson maiden over.

That was negotiated successfully by nightwatchman Tim Groenewald, who was accompanied by veteran former England opener Marcus Trescothick.

Somerset skipper Chris Rogers was spared having to bat twice in the day, having earlier reached his first half-century for his new county. But it was the former Australia Test opener's dismissal to the first ball of the afternoon session for 55 which began the rot for the hosts as he played forward and was caught at short cover.

Anderson's next ball then trapped Roelof van der Merwe leg before wicket. And, although Peter Trego survived the hat-trick ball, Anderson had his third wicket in five deliveries when he earned another lbw decision against the all-rounder.

Ryan Davies was stumped advancing down the pitch to Simon Kerrigan, who also claimed three wickets, and Craig Overton bowled by a good length ball from Kyle Jarvis as Somerset collapsed to 150-7.

Hildreth then found a reliable partner in Overton, but he was caught behind off a bottom edge within five runs of matching his career-best 56, Jack Leach soon followed and Hildreth was last out, caught on the mid-wicket boundary.

Somerset centurion James Hildreth:

"To be honest, the pitch was pretty flat and didn't seam or turn much, but Lancashire bowled with aggression all day and made it tough for us.

"I just tried to bat time and make sure that, if we failed to avoid following on, we would have as few overs to face in our second innings. Jamie Overton is someone we know can bat and our partnership was pretty important.

"I am very confident we can save the game. Although there is some rough created by the bowlers that might make it tricky for left-handers, the pitch is still decent and we have enough quality in our batting line-up."

Lancashire fast bowler Neil Wagner:

"It's a tough pitch to bowl on and we needed to stay patient. We always felt if we could get one wicket another couple might follow.

"The pitch is definitely deteriorating and, with a bit of further wear in the morning it could help us more. Simon Kerrigan could be key. He is a fighter by nature.

"James Hildreth's innings was quality. Nothing we could do got to him and I was really impressed by the way he played. But I still feel we are in with a great chance of winning."

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