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Tim Wigmore at Somerset 307-5 v Middlesex
Lewis Gregory still likes to regard himself as a batting allrounder. It is a judgement that defies his record in the game - 926 first-class runs at 18.15 compares most unflatteringly to 126 wickets at 28.78, especially on Taunton’s tracks. Yet it will not look absurd to those who have observed him this morning. Some shots, especially a couple of legside clips off Ollie Rayner, which had a touch of the flamingo about them, have hinted at a batsman of evident promise.
Together with Peter Trego, with whom he has added 74, Gregory’s role has been a crucial one after Tim Murtagh - Lambeth Lara turned Lambeth Larwood, wags said - snared three wickets in 15 balls, without conceding a single one. Jagging the second new ball around, at the sort of pace unlikely to disturb motorway speed cameras, this was his qualities in excelsis.