Warwickshire's Ian Westwood makes Somerset toil

LV County Championship Division One, Edgbaston
Close, day two: Somerset 262, Warwickshire 398-7
Warwicks 7pts, Somerset 3pts
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Ian Westwood hit his first Championship century for nearly two years to help Warwickshire build a sizeable lead over Somerset on day two at Edgbaston.

The Bears resumed on 86-0 and saw openers Westwood and Varun Chopra (85) take their opening stand to 202.

Westwood finally fell for 129, but William Portfield continued the charge with 72 as Somerset toiled.

But they hit back with the late wickets of Rikki Clarke and Darren Maddy as the Bears closed on 398-7, a lead of 136.

That took a little gloss off the day for Warwickshire, but they remain in a strong position, even if they have missed out on maximum batting bonus points.

That had much to do with the efforts of Westwood and Chopra, whose opening partnership was a new Warwickshire record for the first wicket against Somerset, and the county's best in the Championship since 2000.

Westwood was left out of the Bears' squad for their Twenty20 fixtures, a decision that enabled him to find form with two centuries in a second XI match against a strong Nottinghamshire side.

And it paid handsome dividends as he brought up his ninth first-class century off 177 balls, only to see opening partner Chopra fall 15 short of his own ton when he was trapped leg before by Peter Trego.

Westwood followed, stumped by Craig Kieswetter off Murali Kartik, after adding 57 for the second wicket with Porterfield before Somerset made inroads with the second new ball, including Charl Willoughby removing Porterfield and Tim Ambrose to reach 800 first-class wickets.

Clarke and Maddy rebuilt with a stand of 64 for the sixth wicket, but both fell in the closing stages to the spin of Arul Suppish and Kartik.


BBC Coventry & Warwickshire's Clive Eakin:

"Warwickshire have played well in this match in the first two days but the fact that spinners took two wickets just before the close is a warning to them.

"They're playing on a pitch which is pretty slow but looks like taking more and more turn as the game goes on. With Murali Kartik in the opposition Warwickshire won't want to be chasing much on the final day.

"They'll look to stretch their first innings lead to beyond 150, and with Somerset's batting lacking depth the Bears bowlers will hope to get the key batsmen like Trescothick, Hildreth and Kieswetter out before that lead is overturned.

"It's been a great game so far for Ian Westwood who should have ensured his place in the team for the next Championship match at Arundel, though he may reflect that Keith Barker has been left out for this fixture after scoring a ton against Durham."

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