Marcus Trescothick’s third hundred of the season put Somerset in command at the halfway stage of their Division One clash with Lancashire at Taunton.
The Somerset captain ended day two unbeaten on 107 - surpassing Lionel Palairet as the leading first-class run-maker at Taunton - as the Cidermen closed on 193-2 in reply to Lancashire’s 266 all out.
Trescothick, who has now registered 54 first-class centuries since making his debut in 1993, backed up his bowlers after they had mopped up the Red Rose tail in the morning session.
Lewis Gregory, Alfonso Thomas and George Dockerell all finished with three wickets apiece to hand Somerset maximum bowling points before Trescothick got to work with the bat.
The former England opener cracked 15 boundaries and one six, sharing an unbroken 144-run stand with Alviro Petersen (57no) for the third wicket.
Bears battle back
League leaders Nottinghamshire dismissed Warwickshire for 343 to claim a first-innings advantage of 63 on day two at Trent Bridge.
Replying to the Outlaws’ 406 all out, the Bears were in danger of being asked to follow-on when four wickets from New Zealander Andre Adams left them tottering on 188-7.
Jonathan Trott, playing in his first match for more than two months, batted for 47 minutes and faced 31 balls before he was lbw for 23 shuffling across his stumps to Adams, who scooped 4-67.
However, Chris Woakes (91) and Chris Wright (65) combined brilliantly during a ninth-wicket stand worth 108, before Peter Siddle (4-91) returned to polish off the innings.
Middlesex powered to 488-9 and then took three Northamptonshire wickets in between the showers to remain on the front foot at Lord’s.
The Londoners, led by Dawid Malan’s unbeaten 154, missed out on maximum batting points before making early in roads with the ball.
Seamers Tim Murtagh, Steven Finn and Toby Roland-Jones all claimed a wicket to reduce Northants to 89-3 before rain brought a premature end to proceedings on day two.
James Kettleborough (42no) and Rob Newton (18no) are the men in the middle for the Steelbacks, who are still searching for their first win of the season.