Somerset v Northants: Craig Overton shines after rain

Craig Overton
Craig Overton took three wickets to reach 38 for the season
LV= County Championship Division One, Taunton
Close, day two: Somerset 314 v Northants 135-4
Somerset 4pts, Northants 3pts
Match scorecard

Somerset's Craig Overton took three wickets but rain allowed only 29 overs of play on day two against Northants.

Resuming on 39-0 Northants made a good start as openers Stephen Peters (46) and James Kettleborough (49) put on a century stand for the first wicket.

Overton (3-28) saw off Kettleborough, bowled Peters and had Kyle Coetzer caught behind to leave Northants 121-3.

Nightwatchman Neil Wagner fell but Rob Keogh and Adam Rossington reached stumps 179 runs behind on 135-4.

Rain had earlier delayed the start at Taunton and also forced an early lunch.

The weather again interrupted with Northants at 112-1 before Somerset took three wickets in a final 10-over session.

With three Championship matches left in the season, Northants are fighting a seemingly losing battle against relegation from Division One, and are currently 83 points adrift of safety.

Meanwhile, Somerset are in fourth position with four wins, seven draws and two losses.

BBC Radio Somerset's Anthony Gibson:

"Somerset's bowlers showed both sides of their split personality in two truncated sessions of 19 and 10 overs either side of poor weather. In the morning they were sloppy, but in the evening they were incisive.

"Somerset need a win to keep their faint championship hopes alive, and on the evidence of this evening, they could still secure it."

BBC Radio Northampton's Chris Egerton:

"A truncated day two saw two sessions of utterly contrasting fortunes for Northamptonshire.

"The 75 minutes possible in the morning saw Stephen Peters and James Kettleborough proceed smoothly to record only Northants' sixth century stand of the season.

"While Kettleborough fell before the rain returned at 12:45 BST, more trouble arrived after 17:55 BST when Northants lost three wickets in an awkward ten over spell.

"The pitch continues to offer variable bounce but continues to be good for batting and Northants will hope for better on day three."