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George Dobell at Somerset (15-0) v Middlesex
Eddie Byrom has just survived a tough chance in the gully; Finn just unable to cling on to a tough chance off the bowling of Murtagh. Trescothick has had an uncomfortable moment against Finn, too, taking a blow on the gloves. But he has responded with successive fours, the first a guide to third man and the second a vintage pull shot that had spectators purring with delight. Byrom has also laced a drive through the covers off Murtagh.
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George Dobell at Somerset v Middlesex
It’s falling into place for Somerset a bit here. They’ve won the toss and chosen to bat first having named a side containing three spinners; Trego is out with an Achilles injury and has been replaced by Roelof van der Merwe. It looks like the same pitch used for the game against Lancashire here recently so we anticipate early assistance for those spinners. No doubt there will be conversation about the pitch and how appropriate it is, but Middlesex can hardly have expected anything else. And, as England travel to Asia every couple of years and behave as if they’re never seen a turning pitch before, maybe there should be more such surfaces? Wayne Noon is the CLO; he may become a key character in this match. In Rayner’s absence, Middlesex are playing Paul Stirling as a spin-bowling all-rounder alongside Adam Voges and Ravi Patel. It’s also green on a seamer’s length, so Somerset may face a fight to get through the new ball and set the sort of total their spinners can defend.