Somerset v Durham: Mark Wood takes five to restrict hosts

Mark Wood
LV= County Championship Division One, Taunton
Close, day two: Durham 155 & 121-1 Somerset 234
Somerset 4 pts, Durham 3 pts
Match scorecard

Durham paceman Mark Wood took 5-37 to help prevent Somerset from maintaining their dominance on day two at Taunton.

Resuming on 51-2, in response to Durham's 155 all out on day one, Alviro Petersen (78) and James Hildreth (43) put on 79 for the fourth wicket.

But three wickets fell for six after lunch to Wood and Chris Rushworth (4-70) and, despite Craig Overton's 45 not out, the hosts were all out for 234.

Mark Stoneman's unbeaten 60 then helped Durham close 42 ahead on 121-1.

He was aided by an unbeaten 57 from Michael Richardson, who made light of a finger injury.

Stoneman was aided by Michael Richardson, who made his third half century of the season with an unbeaten 57, as they frustrated the Somerset bowlers late in the day with an unbroken 102-run stand.

But their partnership was set up by Wood's fourth career first-class five-for (and his best for the county), emulating Somerset paceman Alfonso Thomas's 5-41 on the first day.

Only two runs had been added on the second morning when Johann Myburgh became the 24-year-old's first victim, before Petersen and Hildreth came together.

After Hildreth was caught behind off Rushworth to leave them 132-4, the Somerset innings crumbled, five batsmen making a combined 11 runs, with Overton left stranded after twin brother Jamie had been bowled by Wood.

That meant a lead of only 79, which was soon eaten up by Durham who now lead, with nine wickets in hand, going into day three.

The visitors suffered an early scare when Thomas removed Keaton Jennings, but Stoneman and Richardson saw out the rest of the day.

BBC Radio Newcastle's Martin Emmerson:

"If we have seen the last of the bad weather here perhaps we've seen the last of the bowler-friendly conditions too, which may be a help to Durham as they look to build a decent second innings lead.

"Somerset collapsed after lunch, losing their last seven wickets for 102 runs as the damp conditions benefited the bowlers. It was a cracking performance from Mark Wood and Chris Rushworth who had the batsmen guessing as the ball seamed around.

"Things could have been even better if Alviro Petersen had not been dropped on 30 by Durham captain Paul Collingwood, who later atoned by catching him in the slips. But Durham batsman Mark Stoneman also benefited after being put down twice - on 10 and 38."

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