If Somerset get under 300 in their first innings, Middlesex could declare on 5 wickets down, lose match and be assured of safety— Tim (@timwig) September 25, 2017
Somerset 93-1 v Middlesex
Eddie Byrom notched his maiden Specsavers County Championship half-century as Somerset enjoyed the better of the opening morning against Middlesex at Taunton.
The 20-year-old Zimbabwean left-hander hit 11 fours in reaching fifty off 79 balls and shared an opening stand of 93 with Marcus Trescothick after the hosts had won an important toss.
The stand was broken in the final over before lunch when Byrom got a leading edge to a delivery from Paul Stirling and was caught at mid-off by Adam Voges for 56.
With the pitch expected to turn, batting first should prove an advantage. Somerset selected Roelof van der Merwe as a third spinner, while Middlesex were without the injured Ollie Rayner, who would have relished conditions.
Trescothick overcame a hesitant start to look increasingly sold and was unbeaten on 31 at the interval.