SOMERSET captain Tom Abell admitted there was an "element of relief" in reaching his hundred on the third day of the Bob Willis Trophy match against Glamorgan at Taunton.

The sixth First-Class century of Abell's career was the highlight of Somerset's second innings of 290-8 declared, which set the visitors a target of 456 runs to win.

Abell said afterwards: "There was an element of relief reaching the hundred the way pre-season has gone for me.

"After scratching around a bit last night, I felt form gradually returning and it will always be extra special for me to score a century here at Taunton.

"Some of the pace went out of the pitch overnight so batting was probably a little easier."

The home side resumed on 131-2 (a lead of 290), but lost James Hildreth (45) to the first ball of the day - caught behind off Michael Hogan.

Abell, then on 44, was joined by Ben Green - a concussion replacement for George Bartlett - and the skipper racked up 119 from 167 balls, with 13 fours and two sixes.

Two of those fours came off the bowling of off-spinner Kieran Bull, taking him to three figures, and he celebrated the milestone by dispatching the next two deliveries for six, then another four, before being caught at deep mid-wicket off the final ball of the over.

Green (54) reached his maiden First-Class half-century, before becoming the first of several batsman to depart in the quest for quick runs before a declaration.

Glamorgan faced 16 overs before tea and lost three wickets - Nick Selman and Kiran Carlsson to Craig Overton, and Charlie Hemphrey was caught and bowled by Jamie Overton.

Chris Cooke (67*) and Billy Root then produced a defiant stand of 66, only for Root to be caught attempting to reverse sweep Roelof van der Merwe, and Dan Douthwaite fell lbw to a Jamie Overton yorker off the final ball of the day.

It means that Glamorgan will resume at 126-5 - still 329 behind - on tomorrow's fourth and final day of play.

"I'm delighted with where we are in the game," said Abell.

"Glamorgan put us under pressure on day one, but today we were able to capitalise on the position our bowlers put us in.

"It's now all about being patient and finishing the job tomorrow."