Somerset crushed again

Lancashire complete innings win on third evening

Last Updated: 22/04/11 9:10pm

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Maharoof: century and two wickets on final day

Maharoof: century and two wickets on final day

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Somerset's woeful start to the season continued as another batting collapse saw them lose to Lancashire by an innings and 20 runs with a day to spare at Aigburth.

The Cidermen were highly fancied to improve on last year's runners up finish in the LV County Championship before a ball was bowled but have started the campaign with consecutive innings defeats.

Lancashire resumed on the third morning at 361-7 in their first innings and, thanks to Sri Lankan all-rounder Farveez Maharoof's 102, his first century for the county, were able to advance to 451 all out before lunch.

Somerset, faced with a first-innings deficit of 183, were reduced from 30-0 in early afternoon to 81-6, including two scalps for the irrepressible Maharoof (2-25).

Craig Kieswetter (38) and Gemaal Hussain (42) briefly raised hopes of making Lancashire bat again with a seventh-wicket alliance of 57.

But another clatter of wickets, this time from 138-6 to 163 all out sealed Somerset's fate in the evening session.

Day two

Stephen Moore, Tom Smith and Gareth Cross hit half-centuries as Lancashire moved into a healthy first-innings lead over Somerset on day two at Aigburth.

Resuming at 70-0 in reply to Somerset's 268, opening batsman Moore advanced to 73 before being the first of five wickets for Steve Kirby.

Kirby, who joined the Cidermen from westcountry rivals Gloucestershire during the winter claimed three more - Karl Brown (16), Mark Chilton (30) and Steven Croft (4) - to leave Lancashire wobbling at 169-5 in mid-afternoon.

But Smith (89) and Cross (50) combined for a 113-run, sixth-wicket partnership either side of tea to lead the home side into credit.

Kirby (5-79) returned to remove Cross and complete his first five-wicket haul for his new county, while Smith fell to part-time spinner Arul Suppiah (1-18) with a century in sight.

The runs continued to flow and Farveez Maharoof was unbeaten on 49 stumps were drawn with Lancashire on 361-7, a lead of 93.

Day one

Somerset's struggles with the bat continued at the start of 2011 as they were bowled out for 268 on day one of their clash with Lancashire.

The visitors were unable to fully make the most of first use of a good wicket at Liverpool as Gary Keedy and Sajid Mahmood shared six wickets.

Nick Compton top-scored with 61 while James Hildreth (55) and Craig Kieswetter (53) also hit half-centuries for Somerset, who were bowled out cheaply twice in losing at home to Warwickshire in their opening fixture.

However Marcus Trescothick's side suffered a collapse in the second session, losing six wickets to slump from 129-2 at lunch to 240-8 by tea.

Kieswetter became Gareth Cross' second stumping of the day, having charged down the wicket at Keedy to the final ball of the afternoon session, and Lancashire quickly wrapped up the innings after the break.

The Red Rose county then made a good start to their reply, reaching the close on 70 without loss; Stephen Moore dominated the unbroken opening stand with 52 from just 63 balls. Paul Horton was alongside him on 14 not out.

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