Harmison Rips Through Somerset At Taunton

Somerset 224 (de Bruyn 76, S Harmison 5-84) v
Durham 45-1 (di Venuto 23no)
LV County Championship Division One, Taunton, day two of four

Steve Harmison celebrated receiving a new ECB central contract by taking five wickets as Somerset threw away a good start to hand Durham the initiative on day one of their important Championship clash at Taunton.

Somerset lie second and Durham fourth and after no play was possible on day one, Somerset won the toss and not for the first time this season, failed to post a match-dominating score - this season they have been skilled enough to fight back but with Harmison on top form, they might have their work cut out.

Justin Langer (31) and Marcus Trescothick (18) added 45 for the first wicket in good time before Langer played on to his stumps and Trescothick was sharply caught at slip by Callum Thorp for Harmison's first wicket.

Zander de Bruyn has been impressive this summer for Somerset and he added a half-century as he and James Hildreth, who made 19, shared 60 for the third wicket but that was as good as it got for the home side. Hildreth was bowled by Harmison, Wes Durston made the same score before being bowled by Paul Wiseman and Somerset were in freefall.

Ian Blackwell was caught behind off of Ben Harmison for ten, Peter Trego (23) was another to have his stumps rearranged by the elder Harmison, as was Alfonso Thomas while Carl Gazzard, in the side because of an ankle injury to Craig Kieswetter, made six before he was bowled by Wiseman.

Steve Harmison ended the innings by having Michael Munday caught by Wiseman for nine - Somerset had lost their last seven wickets for 109 runs - hardly the form of champions, but the early wicket of Mark Stoneman, caught by Langer off of Charl Willoughby for one, gave them hope heading into the third day.

Michael di Venuto was unbeaten on 23, Will Smith on 21.

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