Lancashire’s difficult return to cricket’s LV= County Championship top flight continued as they were left chasing the game against Somerset after two days at Old Trafford.
Having allowed their visitors to pile up 312 for three on day one, the Red Rose bowling attack produced a creditable effort to bowl them out for 420 despite Alviro Petersen’s 155 - but they were again let down by their batsmen.
Paul Horton and Andrea Agathangelou fell cheaply as Lancashire slipped to 22 for two, still 398 behind, before rain washed out much of the last two sessions.
Glen Chapple removed Alex Barrow in the first over, with no addition to Barrow’s overnight 14 and just one more on the Somerset total.
Craig Kieswetter contributed only three but Peter Trego put on 46 with Petersen before falling to Tom Smith for 19.
Petersen reached 150 from 222 balls with a single off Smith but added only five more before clipping Simon Kerrigan to deep point where Karl Brown took the catch.
Craig Meschede hit three fours and a six in his 23 before miscuing Kyle Hogg to Brown - who was certainly kept busy in the field as he then snaffled the scoreless Alfonso Thomas off Kerrigan (three for 94).
Captain Chapple (two for 80) wrapped up the innings with the wicket of Craig Overton for nine and Lancashire would have been happy with their morning’s work.
But Horton failed to score, trapped lbw by Thomas as the seamer took one for three from his five overs.
And when Trego removed Agathangelou in similar fashion for two, the hosts were five for two from four overs.
Teenage wicketkeeper Alex Davies was at least offering some resistance after being promoted to open and the weather provided a respite with the score at 14 for two in the eighth over.
That stoppage lasted less than half an hour but only another 11 balls were bowled, yielding eight runs including the innings’ only boundary so far, before further heavy rain forced the players from the field and ultimately ended play.
Davies will resume on 12 not out, with Ashwell Prince on eight at the other end.