@WillColwell: Yup, fair chance it will stay dry today.
George Dobell at Somerset v Middlesex
Morning from Taunton where, literally and metaphorically, there is hope of brighter times ahead. A few weeks ago, with Somerset not having won any of their first seven matches, they appeared doomed. But now, after three wins in six games (and two in their most recent three) they have given themselves a chance. Realistically, they need to win this game. And, as a result, you don’t have to be Nostradamus to anticipate a match dominated by spin bowling. It’s been their greatest strength in recent times - Dom Bess and Jack Leach have 76 first-class wickets between them this season, with Leach having taken five-fors in the victories over Lancashire and Warwickshire - with their groundsman able to produce pitches to assist them. To encourage them even further, Middlesex are without their first choice spinner, Ollie Rayner, through injury and, after a very wet night, we have the prospect of a dry day. You might even say that Somerset can see clearer now that Rayner’s gone. In his place (and Middlesex, 16 points ahead of them, are also without the injured Toby Roland-Jones and Nick Gubbins), they have named the left-arm spinner Ravi Patel and the Australian-born leg-spinner Nathan Sowter in their squad. They have five first-class wickets between them this season, though Patel, in particular, looks a good bowler who has simply lacked opportunity. Peter Trego, meanwhile, is a fitness doubt for Somerset.