County Championship - day two (close)

Somerset 335 v Lancashire 133 & 28-0

SOMERSET'S bowlers were in inspired form as the hosts enforced the follow-on against Lancashire on day two in Taunton.

Jack Leach led the way with 5-47 as the visitors were dismissed for 133 in response to Somerset's 335 and, though they survived a tricky eight over spell before the close, Lancashire will resume tomorrow morning 174 runs in arrears.

Resuming on 330-9, Jack Leach and Tim Groenewald were hoping to take the hosts to another batting point and the former showed his intent by cutting McLaren for an early boundary.

Somerset could add only five to their overnight score before losing their last wicket, however, as Leach (29) provided Dane Vilas with a simple catch in the gully from the bowling of Tom Bailey, who ended with 3-40.

The hosts were looking for early wickets to seize the initiative and Craig Overton broke through in the sixth over, as he squared up opener Alex Davies with a beauty that landed in the hands of Marcus Trescothick at slip to leave the visitors 6-1.

Lancashire's progress was serene thereafter, and they had scored just 22 runs in 19.3 overs when Haseeb Hameed top edged a pull shot off Peter Trego.

George Bartlett held on to the catch in the deep to see the back of the England opener, who had taken 56 balls to score four, and there was more joy round the corner for Somerset.

Liam Livingstone made a match-defining century in the reverse fixture at Old Trafford, but he was not as threatening in Taunton and became Jack Leach's 150th First Class scalp when he edged to Craig Overton, who took a sharp low chance at slip.

Steven Croft and Shivnarine Chanderpaul carried the visitors to 61-3 at the lunch interval, during which a series of heavy showers interrupted proceedings and play could not resume until 3.30pm.

Somerset quickly made up for lost time, however, with Leach picking up the key wicket of Chanderpaul (17) after the 43-year-old West Indian popped a simple catch to Trescothick at short leg.

Visiting skipper Croft had reached 41 when he edged Overton behind, and Dane Vilas (8) then fell to Tim Groenewald in identical fashion as Lancashire slipped to 99-6.

That soon became 112-9 as Parry (1), Bailey (2) and Jarvis (1) all fell cheaply to the spin twin attack of Leach and Bess (1-24), who have now taken 85 wickets between them in the eight-and-a-half County Championship matches can they have played together.

When Ryan McLaren (30) was trapped in front by Leach, who ended with 5-47 from 22.3 overs - including 10 maidens - in an impressive display, Lancashire were 202 runs adrift and Tom Abell had a decision to make.

The Somerset skipper decided to enforce the follow-on, but his side's pursuit of early wickets second time around was an unsuccessful one as Davies (15*) and Hameed (9*) dug in to take the visitors to 28-0 at the close.

Speaking after the day's play, Jack Leach said: "Everything went to plan, except how I got out this morning.

"That annoyed me so I wanted to go out there and do a job with the ball, and it turned into a really good day for us.

"I don't really feel extra pressure [on turning wickets], and it's just about putting the ball in the right place - if you do that, you know it will do something for you.

"The ball is softening quickly, so it's important to make the most of the sharp spin when the ball is hard

"The last few weeks have been the best I've felt all year, and I love bowling with Bessy [Dom Bess] - we seem to compliment each other.

"We were happy with the decision to follow-on as it's the attacking option, and the wicket has been flattening here as matches have progressed.

"Clearly the plan for tomorrow is to bowl them out again, but we will have to be patient in order to do that."