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Warwickshire in control

Strong bowling performances from Richard Jones and Jeetan Patel left Warwickshire in the ascendency at stumps on day two against Somerset.

A sparkling innings of 95 from debutant Tom Abell kept Somerset in the hunt at Taunton where by close of day two Warwickshire led by 82 runs with all second-innings wickets intact.

The visitors added 33 to their overnight score thanks to a career-best 40 from last man Oliver Hannon-Dalby before they were all out for 367.

Somerset struggled in reply and at 153 for seven were in danger of following on when 20-year-old local product Abell was joined by Lewis Gregory. They added 84 together to see the hosts past the required 218.

Abell was eventually last out as Somerset posted 286, Patel and Jones both finishing with four for 81.

Warwickshire had scored one without loss in their second innings by the close.

At the start of the day the visitors' last pair frustrated the Somerset bowlers for a further 30 minutes before Hannon-Dalby was caught at deep square leg by Abell off Alfonso Thomas.

Having comfortably beaten his previous best with the bat, Hannon-Dalby then got Warwickshire's bowlers off to a good start when Marcus Trescothick was caught at first slip by Varun Chopra with the total on 13.

Johann Myburgh and Nick Compton saw Somerset on to 55 when both perished, the former caught by Chopra at first slip off Jones. Next over Compton got an inside edge off Hannon-Dalby.

Abell looked unfazed by the situation and along with James Hildreth appeared to be launching a recovery. But on 98 the senior batsman tried to hook Jones and was caught by Hannon-Dalby at long leg.

Alex Barrow saw up the Somerset 100 with a single into the off side from Patel, but after moving on to 11 he tried to work the off-spinner round the corner and was caught at short leg by Ian Westwood.

Peter Trego stayed briefly before he pushed at Jones and was caught by wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose for six with the total on 128.

Craig Overton and Abell saw Somerset to 150, but three runs later the tall all-rounder attempted to hit Patel back over his head and was caught by Jonathan Trott at wide mid-on for 16.

When Gregory joined Abell Somerset still needed 65 to avoid the follow on, but the young pair with a combined age of 42 settled about their task in a manner way beyond their years.

Gregory lofted Patel high and wide into the Old Pavilion to record the first six of the innings while at the other end Abell continued to accumulate.

Abell took a boundary off Patel which he followed with three to mid-wicket off the same bowler to bring up his maiden half-century for Somerset, which came off 134 balls with three fours.

While Abell remained calm, Gregory plundered another six off Patel in the 58th over which landed over the boards in front of Gimblett's Hill.

Gregory then pulled Rikki Clarke into the Somerset Stand to see up the 200 and when he hit Patel to the long on boundary the hosts had reached the follow on target of 218.

The partnership was worth 84 when Gregory on 47 looked to pull Jones and was caught at wide mid on by Recordo Gordon.

Abell had faced 188 balls and hit seven fours in a terrific effort of concentration when caught off Patel to end the innings.