WILL Smith was pleased to score Durham’s first century of the season, but the batsman admitted it could have been so much more.
Smith and his team-mates enjoyed some rare sunshine this season, as they set about building a total on a batsmen-friendly Taunton pitch.
At close, the visitors had reached 353-8 against Somerset, which given their County Championship form so far this term was not to be sniffed at.
However, the Durham man felt they should have made hay in the favourable conditions, and was disappointed that having passed three figures he didn’t go on to post a really big score.
He said: “A hundred is a hundred, but it could have been two or three the way I was feeling.
“I should still be there on 160, 170 not out. I feel slightly responsible for the fact that we didn’t get more.”
Smith will not have been alone in his disappointment.
His opening partner, Michael Di Venuto, looked to be powering his way to his and Durham’s first century of the campaign, but fell four runs short, caught behind by Craig Kieswetter off the bowling of Alfonso Thomas for 96.
Mark Stoneman (27) and skipper Phil Mustard (21) got starts before getting themselves out, while Paul Collingwood and Ian Blackwell fell short again.
Ben Stokes, returning from injury, could feel a little hard done by over his dismissal as he was run out for 60.
Smith says Geoff Cook’s side are a little way short of where they would have liked to be.
“I think we’re below par,” he said. “When you win the toss and bat first at Taunton you want to get a good first day where you are three, four or five down.
“Obviously losing eight wickets is disappointing, but on the positive side of things we’ve got a score on the board which helps.
“If the last two wickets can eke out another 50 then we’ll definitely be in with a good shout.
“And if we bowl and field well, who is to say we won’t have a first innings lead.”
Having picked up three batting bonus points, Durham will be hoping that the tail can wag to extend their first innings lead.
Peter Trego proved the pick of the Somerset bowlers taking 2-75 from 20 overs, but in truth had it not been for some poor shot selections at times from the visitors, the home attack could really have been made to toil in conditions far more favourable to the batsmen.