JACK Leach claimed three wickets as Somerset had the better of the first day of their three-day friendly against Warwickshire in Abu Dhabi.

Before play began, both sides agreed Warwickshire would bat for the first 70 overs of the day's play and field for the remaining 20.

As it transpired, Somerset needed just 60 overs to bowl their opponents out for 161.

After good work by the pacemen - Josh Davey took 2-27, Craig Overton 2-17, Lewis Gregory 1-10 and Jack Brooks 1-30 - Leach wrapped up the tail with 3-18.

Warwickshire reached 14-1 in the remainder of their scheduled overs before Somerset made it to 94-3 in their 20 overs before the close.

Marcus Trescothick, making his first appearance of the tour, was caught behind for 13 while fellow opener Eddie Byrom made 11.

James Hildreth scored 34 before he also fell, leaving Tom Abell (22*) and George Bartlett (6*) to see Somerset through to the close.

The pair will resume in the morning, with Somerset to bat for the first 50 overs of day two before fielding for the remaining 40.

Leach told the club website: “I think it’s been a good run out for the lads today in windy conditions.

"Everyone got a chance to bowl and it was good to be out there on the grass in red-ball cricket.

“The boys will be in good spirits tonight and I think it’s been a good day.

"We’ve got a few wickets in hand and it’s all about batters getting time out in the middle tomorrow.

“Bowling in to the wind today was a good challenge for me.

"I was happy with how it came out today and it’s certainly something to build on.”