Somerset finish on top as eighteen wickets fall at Old Trafford

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Eighteen wickets tumbled on the opening day of Lancashire’s County Championship game against Somerset at Old Trafford but the visitors finished the strongest finishing the day with a lead of forty four.

Lancashire were dismissed just after lunch for 109 despite an excellent half century by stand-in skipper Liam Livingstone after being put in.

They lost Haseeb Hameed’s caught by wicketkeeper Steven Davies before a run had been scored and Alex Davies followed one run and two overs later when edging Davey to the safe hands of Marcus Trescothick at second slip.

Lancashire recovered briefly before the loss of four wickets for seven runs in 33 balls and with Overton taking 5-47, Groenewald 3-8 and Davey 2-33, Lancashire were skittles out.

In reply Somerset started well, Trescothick and Elgar posting 42 for the opening partnership before overseas player McLaren struck twice to dismiss the former England opener and No 3 Abell.

Elgar moved on steadily to compile his half century from 111 balls, well supported by Peter Trego in a partnership of 52 runs that steered the visitors past Lancashire’s first innings score.

“It was a very interesting day’s cricket,” admitted skipper Liam Livingstone. “There was a bit in the pitch this morning, and I thought Somerset bowled really well.

“For us it was a case of trying to get as many as we can, and try and get bowling on the pitch as quickly as we could. It was a situation where you either try and graft it out and let the pitch dry out a bit or go the other way.

“It wasn’t easy (to bat on) this morning and I think we could have played a little bit better, but I think we’ve dragged it back well in the last session. The lads have bowled really well.