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Bess six-for on debut as 21 wickets fall

Somerset 95 (Barker 4-33) and 41 for 1 lead Warwickshire 123 (Bess 6-28) by 13 runs
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Somerset offspinner Dom Bess marked his Specsavers County Championship debut with 6 for 28 as 21 wickets fell on the opening day of the match with Warwickshire at Taunton. The 19-year-old produced a memorable 16 overs, including the wickets of Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell with successive deliveries, as the visitors were bowled out 123, Ian Westwood top-scoring with 34.

That was after Somerset had been skittled for 95, having won the toss. Warwickshire's pace bowlers did the damage, with Keith Barker claiming 4 for 33, Rikki Clarke 3 for 32 and Chris Wright 2 for 28.

By the close of an extraordinary day the home side had made 41 for 1 in their second innings and led by 13. The pitch offered some assistance to spin and seam, without being in any way dangerous. Swing and poor shot selection also contributed to the carnage.

Somerset named three spinners in their side, clearly expecting the ball to turn, but were undone by seam as they were bowled out in 30.1 overs before the end of an extended opening session. Barker bowled the first 14 overs of the day from the Somerset Pavilion End, sending back Chris Rogers, James Hildreth, Peter Trego and Roelof van der Merwe in an accurate spell that saw him swing the ball and nip it about off the seam.

Wright had set the ball rolling by pinning Marcus Trescothick lbw, while Clarke sent back Lewis Gregory with his first delivery of the match and later accounted for Ryan Davies and Bess.

With Somerset nine wickets down, Warwickshire claimed the extra half hour in the morning session and Jeetan Patel put the home side out of their misery by dismissing Jack Leach with his first ball after a last-wicket stand of 26 with Tim Groenewald, the best of the innings.

Warwickshire reached 62 for 1 in reply before England U-19 player Bess had Trott caught at leg slip sweeping. The next ball saw Bell hit the ball into a pad and offer up a return catch which the teenager gleefully snaffled. Westwood fell to a good delivery from Bess that turned and lifted before Leach squeezed a ball between Matthew Lamb's bat and pad to bowl him for a single.

At tea Warwickshire were 81 for 5. Trescothick then produced a brilliant diving catch at second slip off Groenewald to dismiss Sam Hain for nine. Barker and Clarke fell to shots they will not want to remember as Bess, who bowled at just the right pace and trajectory to extract maximum turn, added to his tally.

Patel was his sixth victim courtesy of another injudicious stroke and Leach wrapped up the innings by clean bowling Wright. Bess led his side off, showing the ball to all sides of the ground, as relieved home supporters gave him a warm ovation.

There was still time for Tom Abell to fall lbw to Josh Poysden for 15 with Somerset's second innings total on 31. The experienced duo of Trescothick and Rogers had five more overs to negotiate and did so thanks to Poysden dropping Rogers on 5 at fine leg off a top-edged pull, Barker being the unlucky bowler.