|LV= County Championship Division One, Emirates Outdated Trafford (day three)|
|Somerset 361: Rew 105, Henry 50*, Aldridge 46; Mitchell 3-32, Williams 3-71|
|Lancashire: 326: Mitchell 105, Balderson 71; Overton 4-52, Henry 4-73|
|Somerset (5 pts) lead Lancashire (4 pts) by 149 runs with seven wickets remaining|
Daryl Mitchell hit a century on his debut to pull Lancashire again into rivalry on day three in opposition to Somerset in Manchester.
Mitchell’s sensible knock helped a Lancashire facet nonetheless lacking the injured James Anderson shut their first innings on 326.
That was simply 35 behind the guests, who had prolonged that result in 149 runs for the lack of three wickets by the shut.
Though Mitchell’s effort was the undoubted spotlight, Craig Overton additionally produced a well timed reminder to the England selectors with 4-52, whereas Mitchell’s fellow Kiwi, Matt Henry, took 4-73 on a sun-drenched day in Manchester.
Lancashire began badly when nightwatchman Will Williams was out to the primary ball of the day, caught behind off Overton for a duck.
72-3 turned 82-4 when Steven Croft was strangled down the leg facet off Overton, bringing Mitchell to the crease – and what adopted was one thing of a masterclass by the New Zealand Check participant.
When Overton returned simply earlier than lunch to account for George Balderson caught behind for 71, the rating was 159-5 and, when Dane Vilas departed quickly after the restart, the hosts have been nonetheless 36 in need of the follow-on avoidance goal.
However Mitchell was joined by wicketkeeper George Bell who confirmed loads of utility in a partnership of 57 for the sixth wicket, earlier than Overton claimed him with the brand new ball at second slip for 38. And Tom Hartley then helped Mitchell whittle down Somerset’s lead within the run as much as tea.
After the interval they each got here out swinging as Mitchell took 14 off one Kasey Aldridge over earlier than turning into solely the ninth Lancashire participant to attain a ton on his first look for the county.
Hartley holed out off Henry to Abell at deep sq. leg after making a useful 47, earlier than Mitchell lastly departed for 105 to shut the innings inside touching distance of Somerset.
Steven Davies’s dismissal early within the second innings, after he performed on to Williams, raised Lancashire hopes, however Tom Abell (48) and Tom Lammonby batted sensibly for almost all of the ultimate session.
Abell was bowled round his legs reverse sweeping earlier than Saqib Mahmood bowled George Bartlett within the ultimate over.
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