May 18, 2001

Somerset still trail after following on

James Golding took his first three Championship wickets for just 23 runs as early Championship leaders Somerset were made to follow-on at Taunton.

The 23-year-old Kent seamer employed his powerful physique to good effect on a pitch little changed in character from the opening day when the visitors ran up 312-5.

Golding appeared to surprise his victims with extra pace and bounce, removing Mike Burns, Rob Turner and Jason Kerr to one wicket-keeping catch and two in the slips.

Mark Saggers also claimed three wickets in an abject batting display, only given some respectability by an eighth-wicket stand of 70 between wily veteran Peter Bowler and England Under-19 prospect Peter Trego.

Both looked untroubled having come together at 108-7 shortly after lunch. Trego hit an effortless straight six off Min Patel in a mature innings of 32, while Bowler was content to await the odd loose ball in making 42.

But, having taken the score to 178-7, just 16 runs away from avoiding the follow-on, the pair fell in quick succession and Somerset were bowled out for 184, a deficit of 159.

Kent's bowling was more accurate than Somerset's had been on day one. But that hardly explained the clatter of wickets and it was no surprise when Jamie Cox inspired his side to a more determined second innings effort.

The skipper moved to a half-century off 88 balls, with seven fours, sharing an opening stand of 60 with Piran Holloway.

Cox was unbeaten on 59 at the close, but had lost Holloway and Mike Burns as Somerset reached 109-2 off 41 overs, still 50 runs behind.