Tea Report: Lancashire 186-7(68 overs) v Somerset 238
Tea on the second day (Somerset won toss)
Thursday 24 April 2008
Andrew Flintoff says he needs to score some runs before he'll feel he's right back to his best his after winter ankle surgery. The last thing he needed then was to be back in the pavilion today after facing just one ball.
It wasn't quite what Lancashire had in mind, either, as they made hard work of matching Somerset's first-innings score this afternoon. Having just lost Paul Horton, bowled off an inside edge attempting to drive through the off-side, they were looking to Freddie to get them back on track.
Peter Trego was the man spoiling the story, following up the ball that did for Horton, who had struck an attractive half-century, with one that lured Flintoff to play only to move away late, catching the edge on the way through to wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter. Freddie would be the first to admit he can need a few deliveries to get his feet moving properly and walked off cursing his lot.
It didn't help that Trego's next ball drifted down the leg side, enabling incoming batsman Luke Sutton to help himself to an easy four off his first ball and he was still there at tea on 26.
You might say it was typical of Trego, a 26-year-old former England under-19 who has never achieved quite enough consistency to fulfil his talent. There would have been a quiet satisfaction for the lesser-known of the two all-rounders in this scenario -- it had been Flintoff who had claimed his wicket yesterday (and Kieswetter's, for that matter).
Although overcast conditions have helped them after this morning's delayed start, Somerset have coped with the absence of Andrew Caddick rather well. Mark Turner followed his success with his inswinger this morning by nipping out Stuart Law in his first over back this afternoon, and when Michael Munday, the leg spinner, obtained an lbw decision that Glen Chapple appeared less than impressed with, Lancashire were struggling at 165-7, having been 66-0.
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