County make good progress on opening day

David Willey picked up four Somerset wickets on day one in Taunton

David Willey picked up four Somerset wickets on day one in Taunton

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Northamptonshire have moved themselves into a good position after the first day of their LV= County Championship clash with Somerset in Taunton.

Having bowled the hosts out for 314 after Stephen Peters had won the toss, the visitors closed on 39-0 which leaves them 275 runs in arrears.

Despite the fact that relegation to the second tier is almost a certainty, the County continued their improved form in the four-day game in the south west.

David Willey was the pick of the attack with 4-64 and he was well supported by Muhammad Azharullah who weighed in with 3-67.

Only Neil Wagner went wicketless with the New Zealander’s 21 relatively expensive overs going unrewarded.

For the hosts, Alex Barrow top scored with a 97-ball 88 and Nick Compton contributed a more circumspect 79 as a recovery of sorts was staged from a potentially perilous position of 70-4.

With 11 overs to negotiate before stumps, Peters and James Kettleborough ended the day on 14 and 18 respectively and the aim on day two will be to secure a first innings advantage.