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Paceman Mark Adair off to a flyer with star's wicket

By Ian Callender

Mark Adair, the young Warwickshire paceman, has wasted no time in taking his maiden first-class wicket.

The 19-year-old, who also made his first appearance for Northern Knights this year, was given his debut in place of former Ireland international Boyd Rankin in the County Championship match against Somerset at Taunton and, in only the ninth over of his first-class career, he claimed the prize scalp of former England Test batsman Marcus Trescothick.

Adair was held back until the 17th over, coming on as third-change bowler, but he conceded only 14 runs in a tidy start.

But with Somerset on top following a third wicket stand of 101, Adair made the vital breakthrough, at 199 for two, in the fifth over of his second spell when he had Trescothick caught behind for 87.

The proflific opener, playing his 343rd first-class game, was closing in on a hat-trick of centuries - and the 59th of his 23-year career - when the debutant struck. The Holywood teenager, who has been playing for Civil Service North this season when not required by his county, is actually the only Ulsterman playing for Warwickshire with both Rankin and Ireland captain William Porterfield left out of the final county match of the season.

Somerset finished the first day on 360 for five with Adair having figures of 15-3-61-1.

It was not such a good day for the two Ireland batsmen who got to the middle yesterday with Leicestershire's Niall O'Brien dismissed for 19 and Paul Stirling making only four, opening for Middlesex.

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