All-rounder Peter Trego starred with the ball as Division One high-flyers Somerset chased an innings victory against Lancashire’s cricketers at Old Trafford.
The experienced Trego and Somerset’s young guns Craig Overton and George Dockrell each took three wickets apiece as Lancashire were bowled out for 203 in pursuit of Somerset’s 420.
Then, after the home side were made to follow on, Trego dismissed Alex Davies, Paul Horton and Ashwell Prince cheaply to reduce Lancashire to 95 for three at the close on day three - still trailing by 122.
It would have been even worse for the Red Rose county but for a determined knock for Andrea Agathangelou, who finished the day unbeaten on 46 alongside Karl Brown (22).
Despite that, Somerset will still be hoping - weather permitting - to record their third victory of the season on the final day and possibly go top of the LV= County Championship Division One standings.
Somerset will take encouragement from the performances of their bowling attack on Tuesday, which sped through the Lancashire line-up once they had broken through overnight duo Davies and Prince.
Having started the day on 22 for two, teenage wicketkeeper Davies and veteran South African Prince improved their third-wicket stand to 78 before the latter was bowled by Overton for 45.
After that, the Somerset bowlers made regular inroads into the Lancashire batting with Ireland spinner Dockrell trapping Brown lbw for nine and then having Steven Croft stumped by Craig Kieswetter for 15.
That left Lancashire on 145 for five and it was soon to get worse as Trego got in on the act, having Davies caught for a career-best 62 by replacement fielder Jamie Overton at mid-on.
The 32-year-old Trego (three for 37) also sent back Glen Chapple, lbw for two, before Dockrell (three for 44) and Overton (three for 37) combined to claim the final three wickets between them.
That left Somerset boasting a 217-run lead and, with their bowlers on top, they wasted little time in asking Lancashire to bat again.
Trego ensured the move was a successful one as he made three breakthroughs inside the opening 16 overs, sending back openers Davies (five) and Horton (11) lbw before having Prince caught by Alex Barrow at third slip for seven, to leave Somerset closing in on victory.