J Vince ct Davies b Abell 44

Yet again Somerset needed Tom Abell's talents with the ball to wrest control on the first day of this championship game

County Championship, Taunton, May 11th 2018, Hampshire 198-8

Tom Abell is developing a rather nice habit of taking crucial wickets at critical times. The skipper felt compelled to introduce himself to the Somerset attack after an hour. A Somerset attack that had been pummeled to the tune of 86-1 off the first 18 overs of the game. 

Abell removed James Vince, who had raced to 44, just before lunch to add to the wicket of Joe Weatherley. 111-3 looked a lot better for the home supporters.

The rest of the day followed a pattern that might have been more reasonably expected in such conditions in May. 111-3 became 111-4 with the first ball after lunch. And the prized wicket of Hashim Amla to boot. 

Abell added the wicket of Lewis Mc Manus to end the day with 3-18 while Dom Bess induced a most injudicious shot from Rilee Roussouw. With Lewis Gregory rediscovering his control to pick up Alsop and Berg the memories of the first session were, thankfully, diminished.