Yes, Somerset have gone from one extreme to the other.Somerset are playing three spinners and have got off to a cracking start. The pitch is taking spin already, and Middlesex have Rayner injured and not playing. Looks like Somerset have a massive advantage in the spin department, probably enough to ensure an easy win for them.
Patel, Stirling & Malan all bowled so far and both wickets to spinners!! If they are Middlesex`s only spin options, then I think Middlesex are doomed (hopefully with very few points).
Plenty of room for debate here. Howden, you might have noticed a lot of commentators on this Forum last year, when Gale and Franklin made their deal which guaranteed Somerset would not become champions, saying that Somerset were getting their just desserts for 'fixing' the pitches all year to favour their spinners!
But Somerset's defence now is that the authorities are trying to encourage spin -- so it would be a real contradiction for them to penalise counties for preparing spin-friendly pitches.
On the Somerset Forum, it was reported today that "someone was taking photographs" of both ends of the wicket before play began at Taunton today. The inspectors already on the spot? Or Somerset pre-emptively preparing a dossier of their case for the defence??