County Championship: Leicestershire reply with new-ball wickets on first day with Somerset

Marchant de Lange takes the wicket of Colin Ackermann


Marchant de Lange picked up the wicket of Leicestershire captain Colin Ackermann
LV= County Championship Group Two, Uptonsteel County Ground, Leicester (day one)
Leicestershire 233: Hill 68; C Overton 3-39, Leach 2-23
Somerset 53-3: Klein 2-24
Somerset (3 pts) trail Leicestershire (2 pts) by 180 runs

Leicestershire picked up three early wickets with the new ball to keep Somerset in check after the visitors had earlier bowled them out for 233.

The Foxes were unable to capitalise on winning the toss despite Lewis Hill’s 68 and 36 from opener Hassan Azad.

Craig Overton (3-39), Lewis Gregory (2-39) and Jack Leach (2-23) all made regular breakthroughs to restrict them.

Somerset were 39-3 in reply before Tom Abell (13 not out) and Leach (10 not out) guided them to 53-3 at stumps.

Tom Banton (15), Tom Lammonby (8) and James Hildreth (5) all fell cheaply with Dieter Klein (2-24) getting new-ball success alongside Chris Wright (1-29).

Nightwatchman Leach will resume in the morning alongside…