Durham will certainly feel that they had the best of day two in this Specsavers County Championship Division One match at the Emirates Riverside.
Keaton Jennings had a day to remember as he earned a place in the record books under the floodlights as he became the third Durham player to score two hundreds in a match.
After making 116 in the first innings, Jennings had reached 105* at the close with Paul Collingwood on 39* as the home side moved to 223 for four, a lead of 300.
In the morning session Graham Onions claimed another three wickets to add to his one from yesterday as Somerset reached 143 for eight at lunch.
Resuming on 30 for three James Hildreth and Chris Rogers moved the score to 73 with a stand worth 50 when Onions struck after 45 minutes. Hildreth was drawn forward by a ball which moved enough to take the edge on the way to Ryan Pringle at third slip. Jim Allenby was then trapped lbw next ball.
Four overs later Somerset again lost two wickets in two balls. Roleof van der Merwe drove at another in-swinger, which took the inside edge and was well caught by Michael Richardson. Peter Trego then pushed the next ball to mid-off and ran, but Rogers was unable to beat Mark Stoneman’s direct hit and was gone for 23.
There was a maiden wicket for Championship debutant Brydon Carse when wicketkeeper Ryan Davies tried to fend a short ball to leg and lobbed it back to the bowler.
When the lunch interval arrived Trego was on 29 with Lewis Gregory on 12.
After lunch Somerset’s ninth-wicket pair of had scored freely in taking their stand to 66. There were no easy pickings as Graham Onions and Chris Rushworth strove to wrap up the innings and Rushworth finally gained his third lbw verdict to remove Gregory for 27. When Brydon Carse returned for a second spell, Trego was caught at mid-on to depart for 45 and Somerset were all out for 179.
Durham looked to be in a hurry to build on the first innings lead of 79 as they raced to 109 for one at tea. The first three overs of their second innings yielded 32 runs and it took the introduction of Roleof van der Merwe’s left-arm spin to induce a rash stroke from Mark Stoneman. With 66 on the board he had pulled the first ball of the 11th over for six off Tim Groenewald, but with only two more runs added he drove a catch straight to Marcus Trescothick at short mid-wicket.
Stoneman stalked off after making a run-a-ball 41, but Keaton Jennings progressed to 50 off 63 balls. Somerset tightened up, but Jennings was still there on 55 at tea with Scott Borthwick on a relatively restrained nine.
After tea Borthwick was dismissed for 25 with the score on 135 as Durham looked to build a sizeable advantage. 135 for two quickly became 151 for four though as Lewis Gregory added two more wickets to the four he claimed on day one. Jennings and Collingwood weathered the late storm and Durham will resume on 223 for four in the morning.
At the end of athe day Matt Maynard said: “We needed a good session this morning and clearly we didn’t get that. Had we got through Rushworth’s first spell then I think it would have been a different game. Hildy was well caught at third slip, which was followed by three more key wickets and that resulted in us being behind on first innings.
“We haven’t bowled particularly well with the new ball in either innings and you have to exploit that to the full here. To be fair they have tried to produce as good a cricket wicket as they possibly can and Jennings has shown that there are runs to be scored and he has played well in both innings.
“We have stuck at it but we have been behind the eight ball and missed certain opportunities in the match. One of these was bowling them out for 256 but then losing three wickets last night. Then this morning we didn’t have a good first session and when you bat second time round with a lead it’s a lot easier to play your strokes.”
Looking towards the morning Matt said: “Durham have now played themselves into a very strong position and if we are to keep our slim hopes in the game alive we need to bowl them out in the first session tomorrow.”
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