County Championship Division One - day one (close)

Nottinghamshire 263 v Somerset 74-3

LEWIS Gregory continued his superb start to the season with the ball on an intriguing first day's play between Nottinghamshire and Somerset at Trent Bridge.

Having exercised their right to forego the toss and bowl first, Somerset dismissed their hosts for 263 with Gregory taking 6-68.

The all-rounder has now taken 14 wickets in three County Championship innings at an average of just eight.

Jack Brooks got Somerset's day off to a flyer, dismissing Ben Duckett with his second ball, and Gregory claimed the key wicket of Joe Clarke (2) as Notts slipped to 54-3.

It was 125-5 by the end of an eventful first session, with Brooks (1-77) going at more than five an over, but Somerset kept chipping away with wickets through the afternoon as the home batsmen made starts without kicking on.

Chris Nash (58) and Luke Wood (52) both made half centuries but Gregory wrapped up the innings by bowling the latter in his 17th over.

Craig Overton chipped in with 2-48 for Somerset, whose opening pair added 19 before Azhar Ali (10) fell leg before to Stuart Broad during the England man's threatening spell with the new ball.

Marcus Trescothick and James Hildreth also both made 10 before falling in the space of three balls to leave the visitors on 36-3, but Tom Abell (22*) and George Bartlett (9*) shared an unbroken stand of 38 to lead Somerset to the close.

Gregory said: "This is a pretty special day and hopefully we can try and capitalise on where we are currently.

"[Personally] it's a nice start. It's one of them - I'm on a roll at the moment but I'm sure in the not too distant future there'll be a couple of 'none-for-100s' which will swing it the other way.

"It's been a nice couple of weeks and hopefully it can continue.

"I know Joe Clarke well and have played a little bit with him over the past couple of winters.

"It's always nice to get him out because he's a ridiculous talent and his record speaks for itself.

"That little partnership at the back end of the day was vital. 

"The first session tomorrow morning will be crucial in deciding which way it's going to go."