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Trego blast rescues Somerset

Peter Trego brought Somerset back into contention in their LV= County Championship clash against Nottinghamshire on day three.

The Somerset number eight smashed a quickfire 86 as the hosts recovered from a difficult situation to get within 38 of Notts' first-innings 440 before declaring at Taunton.

The visitors then found progress slow going second time around but Phil Jaques, with his second half-century of the match, was unbeaten with 55 of their 97 for two - a lead of 135 - at stumps.

Somerset endured a frustrating start to the day as Nottinghamshire made regular inroads to reduce them from their overnight 237 for four to 336 for eight.

A promising fifth-wicket partnership of 84 between Alviro Petersen and Craig Kieswetter was ended when the latter - dropped by Steven Mullaney in the day's second over - offered a simple caught and bowled to Samit Patel.

Petersen hoped to press on to his century but fell six runs short when he nicked behind to Chris Read off Ajmal Shahzad.

Johann Myburgh followed lbw to Andy Carter and Lewis Gregory added just five before Mullaney removed him with a fine diving catch at mid-on off Patel's bowling.

Somerset faced the prospect of conceding a huge deficit but Trego ensured that did not happen.

He found a reliable partner in Alfonso Thomas (15 not out) and cracked 11 fours and two sixes in a 71-ball knock that changed the momentum of the match.

His removal by Carter prompted the declaration at 402 for nine.

Somerset then made an early breakthrough in the second innings as Mullaney offered no shot to Thomas and was trapped leg before.

Michael Lumb (28) put on 79 for the second wicket with Jaques before falling victim to Myburgh shortly before rain ruined the final hour's play.