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David Hopps at Somerset 69-3 trail Middlesex by 76 runs
Marcus Trescothick is Somerset's main hope of avoiding a three-day defeat against Middlesex at Taunton. How often has that been written during his notable career?
At lunch (taken at 1.30 after a late start), Somerset have lost three for 69 after trailing Middlesex by 145 on first innings. That on a surface where Middlesex's ninth wicket pair added 162.
Johann Myburgh left a delivery from Harry Podmore that hit the top of middle, although in the batsman's defence the ball came back sharply and a leave on length did not seem quite as bad an idea as it turned out to be.
Podmore's second wicket came when Chris Rogers, Somerset's captain, guided him to point and after a briefly uplifting stand between Trescothick and James Hildreth, Hildreth was well alertly at slip by James Franklin in Ollie Raynor's second over.
I still fancy this will creep into a fourth day. We will see.