Hildreth and Compton give Somerset hope against Derbyshire
James Hildreth and Nick Compton batted Somerset back into the game on a compelling second day of the County Championship Division One clash with Derbyshire at Taunton.
Hildreth made 81 while Compton added an unbeaten 64, sharing a stand of 116, as the hosts closed on 231 for four in their second innings for a lead of 36.
Derbyshire had secured a first-innings advantage of 195 by extending their total from an overnight 220 for seven to 298 all out, with Richard Johnson making 68 and last pair Tim Groenewald and Mark Footitt adding what might be a hugely valuable 42.
Piyush Chawla added one wicket to his four victims on the first day and finished with five for 111, for his first five-wicket haul as Somerset's overseas player.
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Even so, the hosts faced a huge task in their second innings and were indebted to skipper Marcus Trescothick for leading from the front, with the opener hitting ten fours in his 57.
Compton dropped to number three after treatment for a stiff neck and arrived at the crease when Chris Jones was caught at mid-on for 11 with the total on 40.
After the departure of Trescothick, which made it 90 for two, Compton and Hildreth had to contend with plenty of turn from spinners David Wainwright, Wayne Madsen and West Indies veteran Shivnarine Chanderpaul, whose leg-breaks were introduced for the last over before tea.
Hildreth looked troubled to start with, but gained visibly in confidence after pulling Wainwright for six. He moved to fifty off 80 balls, with five fours, and began to look a real threat to Derbyshire.
Compton followed to a half-century off 103 deliveries, also with five fours, and his technique held up best against the turning ball.
The pair were parted when Hildreth was bowled by Wainwright, but Somerset could feel well satisfied with their day's work when Chanderpaul, these days the most occasional of leg-spinners, prepared to bowl the last ball of the day to Craig Kieswetter, on 16.
Unaccountably, the wicketkeeper attempted to cut and was bowled. What Compton made of it at the other end, having battled away for three hours and 23 minutes, is anyone's guess.
Derbyshire will have to face the threat of Chawla when batting last on a wicket that has assisted seam and spin from the outset.
Pitch inspector Bill Hughes was an interested spectator, but he left at teatime satisfied that there was no need to recommend any penalty.
Somerset will fancy their chances with a lead of anything over 150, but the fall of Kieswetter may yet prove crucial in a match of immense significance to both teams amid the relegation battle.
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