Somerset v Hampshire: Hants bat and bowl better to set up finely poised finale

Michael Carberry
Michael Carberry set the tone for Hampshire with an aggressive 51 to establish a second-innings' platform
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Cooper Associates County Ground (day two):
Hampshire 162 & 293: Carberry 51, Berg 49; Bess 7-117
Somerset 197 & 39-0: Trescothick 22*, Elgar 17*
Somerset (3 pts) trail Hampshire (3 pts) by 220 runs
Match scorecard

Hampshire set Somerset 259 to win after a second day of wickets tumbling at Taunton in the County Championship.

Somerset had resumed on 157-5, but Kyle Abbott (4-49) and Gareth Berg (2-8) helped bowl the hosts out for 197.

The visitors' 35-run lead was quickly wiped out as opener Michael Carberry (51) and all-rounder Berg (49) led Hants to a second-innings score of 293, spinner Dom Bess taking 7-117.

Marcus Trescothick and Dean Elgar guided Somerset to 39-0 at stumps.

Somerset's grip on the game slackened throughout the morning session as no lower-order batsman passed 20.

Abbott forced an early breakthrough to remove Lewis Gregory, caught by James Vince, and his combination with Berg threaded by Liam Dawson's spin had the Taunton club struggling.

Bess continued his promise for Somerset with the ball, taking his match tally to 10, including the important scalps of Carberry, Dawson (33) and Berg.

Hopes of an early breakthrough for Hampshire in Somerset's chase were thwarted as openers Trescothick and Elgar stood firm to set up a fascinating third day.

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