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Nottinghamshire claim control

Nottinghamshire continued to set the pace on the second day of their LV= County Championship match against Somerset at Trent Bridge.

The home side forged a first innings advantage of 293 after being bowled out for 461 in 102.2 overs. Phil Jaques fell early in the day for 113, having added just two to his overnight score but a stand of 161 between Samit Patel and Riki Wessels took the game away from the visitors.

Patel eventually fell for 94, the third time this season he has fallen in the 90s, with Wessels making 76. Craig Overton returned the best figures with the ball, ending with four for 102.

Batting again, Somerset reached 106 for three by stumps, still trailing by 187 runs, with Chris Jones undefeated on 59.

Somerset responded well to their first day mauling by having the better of a rain-truncated morning session, picking up four wickets.

Jaques only added a couple of runs to his overnight score before punching to point for 113 and Ajmal Shahzad, the nightwatchman, drove straight to cover.

James Taylor was sent on his way by a leg side strangle after being adjudged to have tickled Peter Trego into the gloves of Craig Kieswetter.

Alex Hales was undone by combination of the impetuosity of youth, plus the tactical nous of Marcus Trescothick. The Somerset skipper employed his young tyro, Jamie Overton, to bowl a short-pitched line from around the stumps, with short leg, leg slip and long leg in place.

The England Twenty20 batsman could not resist the challenge but only succeeded in top-hooking the ball down to Craig Overton, just a couple of yards inside the boundary.

Wessels reached his fifth half-century in the last eight days, getting there from just 72 balls with nine fours and a six. The 28-year-old is the leading six-hitter in first class cricket and he then put George Dockrell over the ropes for another maximum, his 20th of the Championship campaign.

Patel reached his own 50 from 69 balls, with eight fours and eight runs later went past Middlesex's Chris Rogers to become the leading run scorer in Division One.

Already with more batting points than any other side in the country, Nottinghamshire gathered another full compliment by reaching 400 but Somerset struck back in style, concluding the innings with five wickets in 5.5 overs, for the addition of just 34 more runs.

Wessels lofted to mid off, Patel feathered behind and then Craig Overton removed Chris Read and Andre Adams in the same over.

Peter Siddle's rapid departure gave Somerset renewed optimism but much of that evaporated in the final session after Trescothick had edged to Patel for the second time in the match and Nick Compton and Alviro Petersen had followed cheaply.

Chris Jones reached his 50 from 80 balls, with seven fours but will need some support on the third day if Somerset are to have any chance of being able to maintain their unbeaten record.