County Championship: Davies and Bess lead Somerset recovery against Notts

Ben Slater catches Tom Abell
Ben Slater's short-leg catch to dismiss Tom Abell was the highlight of the morning session
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Cooper Associates County Ground, Taunton (day one):
Somerset 326: Davies 74, Bess 51; Wood 4-85, Ashwin 3-93
Nottinghamshire: Yet to bat
Somerset 3 pts, Nottinghamshire 3 pts

Steven Davies and Dom Bess shared a century stand as Division One leaders Somerset made 326 all out against struggling Nottinghamshire at Taunton.

They were in trouble at 145-6, but Davies (78) and Bess (51) put on 128 before falling to Luke Wood (4-85).

Ravichandran Ashwin (3-93) ended the innings by having number 11 Jack Leach lbw with the last ball of the day.

James Hildreth earlier became Somerset's fifth highest run-scorer with 16,220 before he was out for 44.

The home side began the game with a 15-point lead over Essex at the top of the table, with winless Notts 33 points adrift at the bottom and without England's Stuart Broad, who took an enforced rest ahead of the forthcoming Ashes series.

Notts matched Somerset through the first two sessions, taking three wickets in each, with skipper Tom Abell falling during the morning sessions to a brilliant one-handed short-leg catch by Ben Slater off Ashwin.

The India spinner struck again after lunch when Tom Banton departed hit wicket after dead-batting a ball and dislodging a bail as he tried to prevent it rolling towards his stumps.

Davies and Bess kept Notts at bay for 36 overs before left-armer Wood make the double breakthrough with the new ball. But Jamie Overton's 34 off 35 balls enabled Somerset to collect a third batting point before they were finally all out.

Somerset top scorer Steven Davies:

"It was one of my more important innings for Somerset. When Dom Bess and I came together at 145-6, we were on the edge and the day could have gone either way. In the end we're pretty happy.

"It was a crucial partnership that turned the game on its head a bit. Notts had started pretty well and had us under a lot of pressure, but we finished the day strongly.

"It will be hard work for the seamers. There was a little bit of turn, but we may need to get the ball moving in the air to create chances before letting our spinners operate into the rough.

"I'm not sure how the pitch will play as the match progresses, but we have had a decent day in the end. There is definitely 20 wickets in it for us if we perform as we can."

Notts seamer Luke Wood told BBC Radio Nottingham:

"Liam Patterson-White went down with tonsillitis on the first day of his first-class debut and had to leave the field in the morning session. He would have been our second spinner. It was hard work with only four bowlers.

"Hopefully, he will recover in time to take part in the later stages of the game. His family were down to watch him and all the players had given him a round of applause before the start of play, so it was very unfortunate.

"You don't expect to take a wicket with your first delivery of the match so that gave me a boost. But when the ball went soft it was difficult for the seamers and we have done well to bowl them out for 326.

"The pitch wasn't giving us much assistance. There was a bit of dampness early on and it nibbled around a bit. After that there was a bit of turn, but it should be decent to bat on."

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