Cricket: Somerset under pressure at Warwickshire

PUBLISHED: 07:07 20 August 2019 | UPDATED: 07:07 20 August 2019

Jack Brooks in bowling action for Somerset (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

Jack Brooks in bowling action for Somerset (pic Gavin Ellis/TGS Photo)

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George Garrett claimed a wicket on his first-class debut as Warwickshire reduced Somerset to 167-5 on day two of their Specsavers County Championship match at Edgbaston.

The 19-year-old Garrett has impressed Sport Director Paul Farbrace with his second XI bowling in recent months and he will be delighted to see the right-arm seamer justify his selection.

Returning to the action from the Birmingham End, the former Shrewsbury school student bowled George Bartlett for 26 in the penultimate over of the day, piling more pressure on the visitors.

Having started the day looking to dismiss Warwickshire's tail and engineer a positive result, Somerset find themselves 252 runs behind and will now be hoping to pass the follow-on total of 269.

The second-placed side will have one eye on leaders Essex, who are being disrupted by weather in Canterbury and, with only three games remaining after this, every point is vital ahead of their final game showdown at Taunton.

Meanwhile, the home dressing room will be encouraged by events at Scarborough, where Yorkshire hold a strong advantage over bottom placed Nottinghamshire.

Another good day for the hosts could lead them to all-but securing their Division One status for another year.

The Bears reached 419 all out from 127 overs after Michael Burgess (52) and Jeetan Patel (25) put on a 66-run partnership to help drag their side from 338-7 to 404-8.

Somerset endured a day of frustration after overnight batsmen Rob Yates, who only added two to his total of 139 after facing seven balls, and Tim Ambrose (18) departed within 28 balls thanks to the impressive Jack Brooks.

The Bears were on 313-6 and the prospect of a fourth batting point was in the balance before a one-day style assault from number seven batsman Michael Burgess turned the tide.

The 25-year-old struck four fours in a 20-run over off Craig Overton, prior to edging one on to his own stumps.

The attacking knock, which included nine fours, dragged the hosts to the commanding position, Patel (25) and Oliver Hannon-Dalby (13) advanced before they were caught by James Hildreth and Steve Davies respectively off the bowling of Tom Abell.

Abell was immediately back in the action as an opener and lasted 21 balls as Brookes removed his off stump for 10 as he attempted to leave.

Hannon-Dalby trapped Hildreth for six and forced Babar Azam, in his first Championship fixture, to chip to Brookes at mid-wicket the following ball.

The hat-trick delivery was well defended by former Warwickshire academy batsman Tom Banton, who edged a Will Rhodes seamer to wicketkeeper Ambrose after a dogged 23 from 68 balls.

George Bartlett's 59-run partnership with Davies had looked to have put Somerset in a reasonable position, but Garrett's removal of the 20-year-old turned the momentum back to Warwickshire.

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