Centuries from Tom Abell and Peter Trego enabled Somerset to take control on the opening day of their three-day game against Cardiff MCCU at Taunton Vale, where by the close the students trailed by 338 runs with six first innings wickets remaining.
After opting to bat first in bright and sunny conditions the hosts posted 370 for 6 declared of which opener Abell made 101 and Trego 115 before they both retired.
In reply Cardiff had reached 32 for four off 17 overs by the close of play.
Afterwards Tom said: “It’s been a good day for the boys today and it’s always nice to get runs and contribute to a decent team score. Then for us to back it up in the way we did with the ball with the Overtons and Lewis was top draw.”
Regarding his century for the County on his home pitch Tom said: “I’ve played enough here at the Vale but I am of course chuffed to bits to get a century as I have been a bit short the last few games. The good thing was to spend time out there and to get used to scoring runs again.”
Regarding his innings Pete said: “It’s always nice to get some runs and have time out in the middle. I felt really good last week in the Specsavers County Championship game and continued that this week and got into the rhythm of batting a long period of time. It was great to bat with Tom, who made it look very easy so I could just play my own game knowing he is a solid rock at the other end.”
Pete added: “The Overton boys and Lewis have bowled really well so far and really put them under pressure at 32 for four so we are really happy.”
At the start of the day Marcus Trescothick hit some solid boundaries and along with Tom Abell added 59 before he was out for 36 when he chopped a delivery from James Turpin onto his stumps. New batsman Chris Rogers moved onto 14 when he was caught at first slip off a good delivery from Kamau Leverock with the score on 84.
Two runs later James Hildreth was caught behind by Cameron Herring off Turpin for one, before Roelof van der Merwe and Abell saw three figures onto the board. The fourth wicket partnership was worth 62 when Van der Merwe, who had moved onto 37 was caught in the gully off Turpin.
Abell was then joined by Trego who upped the tempo. The all rounder enjoyed himself in the sunshine and in the 63rd over was the first to go to his century which came off 81 balls with 11 fours and five 6′s. Four overs later Abell went to his century which came off 181 balls and included 14 fours.
By tea the score had moved onto 316 off 67 overs when both players retired out, Trego on 115 and Abell 101.
After the interval Ryan Davies and Lewis Gregory added 54 together before Somerset declared on 370 for six, Davies unbeaten on 31 and Gregory 16 not out.
When Cardiff responded Craig Overton came steaming in and removed Jeremy Lawlor for two and had Neil Brand caught by Ryan Davies not long after for no score. Lewis Gregory opened the attack from the opposite end and got in on the act when he had Brad Scriven caught at gully by Jamie Overton as he looked to drive.
Craig Overton struck again when he had Cameron Herring caught by Trego at which stage Cardiff were reeling at four for four off nine overs.
Tom Cullen and Tim Rouse then remained together until the close by which time Cardiff MCCU had moved onto 32 without any further fall of wicket, Cullen not out 19 while Rouse was unbeaten on 5.