Somerset captain loses his place

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Somerset yesterday showed how little room there was for sentiment in cricket when they dropped their captain, Andy Hayhurst, from the team to play Hampshire because they felt he was not playing well enough to justify keeping out younger players. Peter Bowler, the club's vice-captain, has taken charge of the team.

Hayhurst, 33, has not been stripped of the captaincy, which he has held since 1994, but needs to improve his form in order to force his way back, says Brian Rose, the Somerset chairman. Hayhurst has scored 224 runs in the Championship this season at an average of 18. Hayhurst's replacement, the 20-year-old Marcus Trescothick, scored 178 as Somerset ended the first day on 412 for 6.

Ashley Metcalfe moved to within sight of his maiden century for Nottinghamshire as they ended the day at 268 for 5 against Glamorgan at Worksop. The former Yorkshire opener hit 14 fours and a six in his unbeaten 91.

Mark Patterson overshadowed Chris Lewis's comeback by taking six South Africa A wickets on his first-team debut for Surrey. Lewis captained an under-strength Surrey against the unbeaten tourists as he attempts to prove his fitness after missing the Test defeat by Pakistan with a groin injury. Patterson, 22, coming to the end of a two-week trial with Surrey, wrapped up the South African innings with 4 for 18 in 4.3 overs after tea. The tourists were all out for 379.

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