Peter Trego blasted a quickfire 78 and shared a century partnership with new boy Steven Davies as Somerset enjoyed a successful opening day to our pre-season match against Gloucestershire.
In reply to the hosts 268 all out by the time the game came to a premature end Gloucestershire trailed Somerset by 242 with all wickets remaining.
After being asked to bat first in overcast conditions Somerset and in particular Marcus Trescothick looked at home from the off when in the second over he hit consecutive deliveries to the boundary. With the score on 11 however Adam Hose was out leg before wicket to David Payne which brought Captain Tom Abell to the wicket.
Both players looked in good form and it was Trescothick who worked the ball down to fine leg to see up the Somerset 50. The pair took the total 67 when the former captain was caught at second slip by Chris Dent looking to cut Payne to the boundary. In the next over Abell, who had looked untroubled during his innings of 25, was bowled by Benny Howell with the total on 71.
New batsman James Hildreth hit the first six of the new season and with Steven Davies took his side to lunch by which time Somerset had moved onto 89 for three off 30 overs.
Shortly after the break Hildreth was out caught by George Hankins off Chris Liddle for 16 which brought Peter Trego to the wicket.
The man from Weston-super-Mare immediately upped the run rate and when Davies took two to cover point off Liddle he brought up the 50 partnership off 34 balls. Trego was on fire and raced to his 50 off 34 balls with 12 fours. When he took a single off Howell in the 46th over the Somerset 200 came up on the board.
Two runs later however Trego was bowled by Howell for 78 with the score on 201 for 5 in the 46th- his fifth wicket partnership with Davies adding 109. Unfortunately with the first ball of the next over Davies was caught by wicket-keeper Mustard off Taylor for 34.
New batsman Jim Allenby looked solid at the crease but after moving onto 16 he was out LBW to Miles, shortly after which Somerset went into tea on 242 for 7.
George Bartlett was making his first senior appearance for Somerset and looked untroubled by the Gloucestershire bowlers but after moving onto 14 he attempted to hook Liddle and was caught by Mustard.
Jamie Overton was then caught by Miles off Liddle for 13 and Somerset were all out for 268.
In the eight overs of play that was possible before bad light stopped play early Gloucestershire had moved onto 26 without loss.
Afterwards Tom Abell said: “The first day has been really good all round and we enjoyed it. From a batting point of view it was pretty tough out there but our batters all got a bit of time at the crease and we can all take a fair bit out of it.”
Talking about his own innings he said: “It’s been nice to be out in the middle and I have been pretty happy with the way I have been batting. I was disappointed with the way I got out as I’d like to have gone on and got a big score. It was good to be out there batting with Tres again today and he looked to be in pretty good touch.”
Pete Trego, who hit 78 on his first day back in the office, said: “It was nice to get a few although it wasn’t quite the innings I was hoping for. It was all a bit frenetic today. I think it was the excitement of being back here with the lads! I would have liked to have been out there a little ‘bit longer but I’m pretty happy to get 70 odd. I played some nice shots and I think we’ve got a pretty nice total on day one on a fresh looking wicket and we’ve set the three-day game up nicely.”