A brilliant innings of 234 not out by Justin Langer, the Australia Test opener, gave second-bottom Somerset the upper hand on the first day against Division Two leaders Surrey at Guildford as they closed on 442 for two.
The breathtaking Langer, in his final championship match before returning home, has faced 279 balls and hit 31 fours and two sixes. It was the highest individual score at Guildford, beating the 228 by Darren Bicknell in 1995.
Even with Anil Kumble, Surrey's new signing, the hosts had no answer as Langer and Neil Edwards shared an opening stand of 227. Langer then had a century stand with Arul Suppiah. Kumble's 28 overs have cost 100.
Seam bowling prospect Stuart Broad took four for 77 off 20 overs for Leicestershire although Hassan Adnan and Jamie Pipe guided Derbyshire to 355 for eight at Grace Road. From 164 for five the pair shared 120 before Adnan fell to Broad for 117, having hit 16 boundaries. Pipe is on 87.
Mike Powell steered Gla-morgan from 40 for three to 312 for five against Essex at Chelmsford. His 157 not out includes 23 boundaries in stands of 137 with Richard Grant and 104 with Mark Wallace (47no).