Somerset fightback after Ben Stokes stars with ball for Durham

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A late fightback from Somerset left their Vitality County Championship game with Durham finely poised, despite starring roles from Ben Stokes and David Bedingham. Stokes took four wickets to restrict Somerset to 171 all out in their first innings while Bedingham led Durham's reply with an unbeaten century on day one of the Division One contest at an overcast Seat Unique Riverside.

Having been put in on a grassy pitch, Somerset had their backs to the wall for most of the day, but Migael Pretorius, who was later replaced by Jake Ball due to concussion, got his second 50 of the season and Craig Overton had the hosts in a spot of bother at 19 for three.

Ball took three late wickets including that of Stokes and Ollie Robinson, but Bedingham got his century just before close to leave Durham 177 for six, six runs ahead with four wickets intact. Durham skipper Scott Borthwick elected to bowl and it was soon justified as openers Tom Abell (four) and Matt Renshaw (five) falling cheaply - the latter to Stokes.

Lammonby then edged Stokes behind for 22, before Andy Umeed edged Peter Siddle to second slip for nine. Ben Raine had James Rew leg before wicket for 13 and in the first over after lunch Siddle struck twice in two balls, removing Gregory and Craig Overton. Tom Banton's defiance ended when, on 36, he chipped Raine straight to midwicket.

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Stokes grabbed his third of the day when Josh Davey was lbw for 10, then saw Pretorius edge to second slip to wrap up the Somerset innings. That was Pretorius' last action of the match as he was substituted after being struck on the helmet prior to his dismissal, with Jake Ball replacing him.

Durham's reply started badly as Alex Lees was run out for three while backing up, then Colin Ackermann edged Overton to second slip and Borthwick was lbw as they slipped to 19 for three. Bedingham and Robinson responded well but the latter fell to Ball for 46, bringing Stokes to the crease.

The England Test captain then departed for a duck after Ball trapped him lbw and Ball struck again to remove Graham Clark for one. Just before close Bedingham hit his fourth consecutive Championship century from 103 balls, giving Durham the edge going into day two.