Shivnarine Chanderpaul top scored for Lancashire but the lower order came to the rescue on the opening day against Somerset at Taunton
It took a tenth wicket partnership of 56 between left arm spinners Gary Keedy and Simon Kerrigan to push the total past the 250 mark after the visitors, invited to bat on a very green looking wicket, had slumped from 153-4 to 169-8, and were in danger of failing to register any batting bonus points.
But, following another useful contribution of 29 off 30 balls from Sajid Mahmood, Keedy and Kerrigan united for 25.5 overs to put two bonus points on the board as they posted a first innings score of 259.
Shivnarine Chanderpaul top scored with 56 off 78 balls, but he and Mahmood both fell trying to reverse sweep Kartik Murali.
Somerset replied with 54-1 from 13 overs at close, and will resume in the morning with Arul Suppiah and night-watchman Alfonso Thomas at the crease.
Keedy said: “To get 80-odd for the last two wickets was a good, rallying effort. And to pick up Tres at the end of the day was a nice bonus.
“When you lose wickets like we did, all you can ever ask of anybody is for them to dig in. If they’d knocked us over for 180, that would have been it. The wicket looked a lot worse than how it played, but we’re not sure how good a score 259 is until they’ve batted on it.”
Despite the track being as green as you will see, there was not one wicket falling that could be blamed on the nature of the track.
Steven Croft was run out for 31 after a minor mix up with Chanderpaul, while Tom Smith’s lbw decision against Charl Willoughby looked a little high.
Smith was one of five lbws to fall to either Willoughby or Kartik, who shared seven wickets between them. Mark Chilton, Luke Procter, Gareth Cross and Kyle Hogg were the others to go.
Keedy’s and Kerrigan’s partnership was the highest of innings, while Chilton and Chanderpaul shared 45 for the third wicket before Chanderpaul and Croft added 49 for the fourth.
Keedy played a couple of glorious shots through the off side for four during his 86-ball innings of 34 before he had his stumps splattered by Ben Phillips to end the innings mid way through the evening session. Willoughby finished with 4-60 from 23 overs and Kartik 3-65 from 24.
Marcus Trescothick and Suppiah, who is unbeaten on 13, made a positive start to the home side’s reply, the former being the aggressor with five fours in a run a ball 33.
But he punched Keedy’s fourth delivery straight to Smith at short mid wicket to give the visitors a lift before close.
Graham Hardcastle at Taunton
Photo: Simon Pendrigh
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