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Some bad luck, bad weather, and bad batting have left St George's with two hands firmly on the Cup Match trophy.

The holders finished the first day 86 runs behind Somerset after a day's play that they dominated from start to finish.

From the moment that Oronde Bascome won the toss and elected to field Somerset were on the back foot, and they didn't make life any easier on themselves with a batting display that played into their opponents hands.

Deunte Darrell and Malachi Jones aside, not one Somerset batsman did themselves much credit, and while Stephen Outerbridge can point to another bit of bad luck, the rest by and large got themselves out.

Openers Kwame Tucker and Chris Douglas both fell early to Justin Pitcher, and at 24 for two, Somerset were struggling.

When Outerbridge was bowled by Rodney Trott, losing a single bail after top edging a sweep, and Janeiro Tucker was caught behind, Somerset were in serious trouble.

Darrell rescued the situation with a patient 72, and Jones added a brutal 57 off 43 balls, but none of the other batsmen made more than 16.

Having lost the toss, and in a position where he had to force proceedings, a 45-minute delay before play began, and another hour lost after lunch rather forced Robinson's hand, and his decision to declare with his team on 220 for eight was the right one.

Unfortunately he then undid that good work by only bowling himself and Jordan DeSilva in the 30 minutes that remained before tea, leaving Malachi Jones to kick his heels on the boundary.

Jones is by far the quickest, and most aggressive bowler in the Somerset side, and would have been a much better option against St George's openers Bascome and Chris Foggo in the difficult period before tea.

As it was Robinson and DeSilva largely bowled too short, and the holders reached 35 without loss by the interval, robbing Somerset of any momentum they might have gained with Jones' brutal late innings half century.

They never regained that momentum, and despite a couple of wickets for Dwayne Leverock, and one for Joshua Gilbert, the holders remained in firm control throughout the last session.

Bascome (23), Foggo (33), and colt Mishael Paynter (28) all got valuable runs at the top of the order, and by the end of the day the holders were 130 for three, with OJ Picher unbeaten on 34, and Jason Anderson six not out.

Tomorrow would appear to be a foregone conclusion therefore, and the best that Somerset might be able to hope for is a draw.

To win they need to take 17 wickets tomorrow, which given the evidence of today is highly unlikely.

St George's on the other hand can turn their attention to outright victory. With play starting an hour early tomorrow they could quite easily build a healthy lead and then give themselves plenty of time to bowl Somerset out.

From starting the day dreaming of victory, the home side are now in a position where nightmares will be filled with visions of losing the trophy on their own ground.