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David Hopps at Middlesex 212-8 v Somerset 236
Four wickets for Jim Allenby now at Taunton and the latest victim is George Bailey, whose 71 has held Middlesex's first innings together. Bailey was disappointed at the manner of his departure, cutting at a ball not quite enough for the shot to give Craig Overton the catch at first slip. Alex Barrow will be relieved that his drop soon after lunch cost only 28 - although on this seamer-friendly surface, that is larger than it sounds.
This game is a throwback - the sort of Championship match that the ECB has sought to remove from county cricket with the new toss regulations. Somerset, in producing a green seamer, had to accept they would have to bat first and just back teir seam attack against Middlesex's, aware that they lacked Finn, Roland-Jones and Murtagh. Jack Leach's first over of spin did not come until the 65th over and he did not stay on for long.