Somerset 182 for 8 (Gregory 60*, Khan 31*, Siraj 4-54) vs Warwickshire
After selecting to bat on a gradual, turning pitch, the guests closed on 182 for 8 with Gregory unbeaten on 60 from 93 balls, having supervised a formidable restoration from a parlous 82 for 7.
His work meant that this significant match between the 2 sides at the moment straddling the Division One relegation line ended a truncated first day, wherein 40 overs have been misplaced to rain and dangerous mild, just about even.
The sport opened with a compelling tussle as Siraj bowled to Imam-ul-Haq, who edged a waft to wicketkeeper Michael Burgess. Olly Hannon-Dalby then hit Tom Abell’s off stump with the second ball after a rain-enforced early lunch.
Tom Lammonby and George Bartlett took Somerset to 46 for two earlier than three wickets fell in six balls to depart them 46 for five. Lammonby’s ill-advised cost at debutant Jayant Yadav noticed him comfortably stumped, then Bartlett gloved a pull at Siraj and James Rew fell lbw first ball.
After Siraj went off to graze with figures of 13-5-25-3, Henry Brookes maintained the stress with two wickets in his first 4 overs as Lewis Goldsworthy and Kasey Aldridge have been lbw to fast inswingers.
Somerset have been in serious trouble at 82 for 7 however Gregory performed with nice vigilance, interspersed with one spectacular burst of aggression when he lifted Danny Briggs for 3 successive sixes simply earlier than tea.
Within the remaining session, Gregory and Davey added 58 in 14 overs earlier than Siraj received one other lbw resolution to oust Davey. Warwickshire’s hopes of briskly lopping off the tail have been foiled by Gregory’s continued doggedness with assertive assist from Khan, who was 31 not out from 33 balls on the shut.