In the other Division One match, Yorkshire have fought back thanks to an unbeaten century from Adam Lyth. But (at 252-4) and a lead of only 29, Notts will still fancy ending their rags-to-almost riches-season with a win over the Yorkies.
After lunch, Warwickshire need one wicket in 22 balls..
Wicket and lunch at Edgbaston to see this game within a game within a Championship race beautifully poised. Hometown hero Chris Woakes was the man to strike for the Bears, finally breaching Lewis Gregory’s defence on 68 for a straightforward lbw and a huge roar from the crowd. It sees Warwickshire needing one more wicket in the first 22 balls after the break for that precious third bowling point. Somerset 325 for eight from 106.2 overs.
Frustration building for Warwickshire at Edgbaston, with Lewis Gregory (61 from 124 balls) and Jack Leach (13 from 43) – the guy whose apparent lack of batting prowess cost him a Test spot this summer – digging in well for Somerset, despite the odd play and miss. The Bears need two wickets in the next seven overs to claim full bowling points but just as troubling for them is Somerset reaching 314 for seven, 53 runs behind. The prospects of a victory charge starting to shrink on what is a flat pitch.
The new ball wasn’t doing much for Warwickshire but a replacement was called for after Lewis Gregory pulled Chris Woakes (bit short so far) for six. Didn’t take the umpires much time to decide on the switch and the new one did the trick, Tim Bresnan getting an inswinger to crash into the front pad of Craig Overton for the simplest of decisions and a glorious celebrappeal from the bowler. Somerset 271 for seven, trailing by 96, after 90 overs…
Big wicket at Edgbaston with just deliveries to go before the second new ball. Bresnan gets a little bit of late movement and Davies, on the back foot, just fiddles outside off for a regulation caught behind. Beauty. And the celebrations said plenty. Davies gone for 52 and Somerset are 247 for six from 79.5 overs, trailing by 120 runs.
Morning from Edgbaston, where I appear to have dressed like the character Seabass from Dumb and Dumber (trucker hat, gilet, checked shirt) and we’re all set for an intriguing third day. Light whisper of rain as I walked to the ground but it’s since passed and there is a mix of blue sky and cloud overhead. New ball in three overs makes for the latest BIG FIRST HOUR™. Will be interesting to see how quickly or otherwise Warwickshire can shut down this Somerset innings, currently 239 for five, and the approach thereafter with the bat second innings. Btw, it’s free entry today for anyone in the area. Come and say hello.