SOMERSET's patched-up bowling attack will be hoping for a flying start as they host Lancashire on day two of their LV County Championship clash.

After electing to bat first, the visitors stormed to 363-4 with Steven Croft (113*) and South African Ashwell Prince (96) tormenting the Somerset bowlers.

Peter Trego, Vernon Philander, Lewis Gregory and debutant Craig Overton took one wicket each in the absence of Adam Dibble, Steve Kirby and Gemaal Hussain through injury.

Afterwards, acting skipper James Hildreth said: "It was a challenging day for me and the team. We lost the toss, but I think we were going to have a bowl anyway because the pitch looked pretty green.

“We started well and Vernon Philander and Peter Trego bowled well for most of the day, but our back-up bowling let us down and that is an area in which we need to improve.

“There were pretty simple game plans and unfortunately we didn’t execute them. The pitch is pretty flat now and there wasn’t much swing, but this is first class cricket and everyone has to stand up and be accountable.

“It shouldn’t be overlooked that we had one debutant bowling and some others who have not played much first class cricket. We will have a meeting before play starts tomorrow and hopefully come up with some simple ideas we are able to follow.

“The consolation is that it looks a really good batting wicket. Captaincy can be pretty tiring on days like this because of all the thinking involved and I expect to have a few more grey hairs after the next six weeks."

Play is due to resume at Taunton at 11am today (April 27).

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