Willoughby and Hussain spark Somerset revival
Somerset 40 for 0 v Hampshire 285
Charl Willoughby and Gemaal Hussain each took four wickets for Somerset as Hampshire surrendered a position of power on the first day of their County Championship Division One clash at the Rose Bowl.
Liam Dawson made 91 and the consistent Jimmy Adams scored 74 as Hampshire reached an impressive 199 for 2 without major alarms. Then the ball started to swing and the home side lost their last eight wickets for the addition of just 86. Hampshire were eventually all out for 285 in the 85th over and struggling Somerset confirmed their re-emergence by reaching 40 without loss from nine overs at the close.
All this was far removed from the first session which was dominated by Hampshire after their captain Dominic Cork had won the toss in bright sunshine. Adams and Dawson put on 136 for the first wicket before Adams was caught behind off Hussain, the first of five catches for Craig Kieswetter.
Johann Myburgh was the wicketkeeper's second victim, diving in front of first slip at 154 and the rest became a bit of a procession as batting suddenly became a difficult proposition in the breeze. The back of the Hampshire innings was broken by Willoughby who went through the middle order to produce an outstanding spell of four for three in only 18 balls.
Willoughby's left-arm pace accounted for James Vince, Neil McKenzie and then Nic Pothas to the first ball after lunch, with Sean Ervine following to a catch in the covers. Hampshire at that stage had lost four wickets for nine runs.
All the while Dawson, in an emergency batting position as opener due to Hampshire's injury problems, remained steadfast until at 231 he attempted to pull Steve Kirby and got a thin edge to Kieswetter. Dawson's 91 came off 207 balls and included eight fours and in the context of the day's play, it was an invaluable contribution.
Friedel De Wet (8) went at 261, another victim for Kirby and only some late resistance from Cork made the Hampshire total respectable. Belligerent Cork (44) struck Hussain for five successive fours before the bowler had his revenge in his next over when the former England all-rounder lofted a catch to the cover boundary where Peter Trego held the catch.
At the fall of the last wicket, Danny Briggs to Hussain, Hampshire's slide was complete. Willoughby finished with figures of 4 for 40 and Hussain took 4 for 83.
The Somerset openers soon improved on the work of the bowlers. Marcus Trescothick and Arul Suppiah rattled up 40 with six boundaries between them as Somerset ended the first day 245 behind.