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Jaques puts Notts in control

Nottinghamshire enhanced their title credentials with a ruthless display on the first day of their LV= County Championship Division One match against Somerset at Trent Bridge.

Second at the start of the day, the home side bowled Somerset out for only 168 in just 51.2 overs, with all four seam bowlers amongst the wickets.

Notts then responded in style, closing on 208 for one, a lead of 40, after openers Phil Jaques and Steven Mullaney had put on 203 for the first wicket.

Mullaney fell just before the close, for 91, but Jaques remained unbeaten on 111 at stumps.

Harry Gurney and Andre Adams each picked up three wickets of the wickets to fall in the Somerset innings, with Peter Siddle and Ajmal Shahzad grabbing two apiece.

The visitors' tally would have been much worse without the contribution of their captain, Marcus Trescothick, who scored 87 from 133 deliveries, hitting 16 fours, although he had been badly put down by Samit Patel on 22.

After winning the toss and batting, Trescothick would have been hoping for more support than he received from the rest of the top order.

Craig Kieswetter, with 17, made the second top score and was perhaps unlucky to fall lbw to his first delivery after lunch. The ball from Adams had been preceded by a lengthy stoppage due to an individual moving about behind the arm and not realising he was holding up play.

Somerset's innings had been plunged into disarray from an early stage with opener Chris Jones (four) playing on and Nick Compton (nought) edging behind, both inside the first six overs.

Of the first eight boundaries of the innings, seven had come via third man. The other, from Alviro Petersen, had been a good, old-fashioned inside-edge that flew to the fine leg fence, narrowly missing the stumps.

Having had something of a charmed life Petersen (10) then fell to a stunning dismissal, with Riki Wessels running back from slip to take a diving catch as the ball flew high towards third man, off a top edge.

James Hildreth lost his off stump, not playing a shot and Peter Trego flashed hard to gully.

Left with only the tail for company, Trescothick tried to farm the strike but perished to another excellent catch, this time a leaping, one-handed effort by Patel, off Siddle.

Nottinghamshire began their reply after an early tea had been taken and quickly ate into their deficit.

Jaques, who registered scores of 65 and 150 not out when the sides met at Taunton last month, blazed his way to another 50 in only 57 balls, with 9 fours. Mullaney followed, two overs later, reaching his own half century in 69 deliveries, with 10 fours.

The century partnership came just five days after Jaques and Alex Hales had opened up with 156 in the win over Middlesex. That score was surpassed with Mullaney hitting George Dockrell high over long on for the first maximum of the day.

Shortly after the first innings lead had been secured, Jaques brought up his hundred, from 109 balls, with 18 fours but then lost his partner, as Mullaney hoisted Dockrell to deep square leg.