A FIERY spell by Somerset seamer Jamie Overton was the standout performance in a heavily curtailed opening day in Taunton that saw Warwickshire progress to 93-3 before play was abandoned at 4pm.

The 23-year-old dismissed openers Ian Westwood (21) and Andy Umeed (24) before his brother Craig had Ian Bell caught at slip for eight, but heavy rain meant only 35.2 overs were possible on day one.

Somerset's side included Dom Bess as one of three spinners, leaving the Overton twins and Peter Trego to take the seam burden, and rather surprisingly it was the latter who opened up from the River End.

The 35-year-old should have had a wicket in his third over, but the usually reliable Marcus Trescothick put down a regulation chance at second slip.

That gave Ian Westwood a life on six, and the opener was beaten outside the off stump on several occasions in the Trego's next over as the all-rounder looked to make the most of a rare opportunity with the new ball.

The breakthrough came from the other end in the 12th over as, having cashed in on some short Trego deliveries, Westwood succumbed to the quicker pace of Jamie Overton as he played on to his own stumps for 21.

Overton was building up a head of steam from the Old Pavilion End, and beat Trott with a jaffa early in the former England man's innings before cleaning up Umeed with a fast yorker that took out the opener's off stump as Warwickshire were reduced to 51-2.

Umeed's dismissal brought the vastly experienced former England pair of Trott and Ian Bell together, and Dom Bess - who dismissed both in successive balls on his First Class debut last year - was swiftly brought into the attack alongside Jack Leach as Somerset went for a twin spin approach.

Bess did not quite have the same golden arm on this occasion, however, and saw some loose early deliveries punished by Trott through the off side before the players departed for an early lunch as a heavy shower interrupted proceedings with Warwickshire on 72-2 from 22.3 overs.

After a lengthy delay - made longer by the ECB ruling that the ground staff cannot enter the field of play until 30 minutes after a clap of thunder has been heard - the players returned to the field and Jack Leach received his county cap from former Somerset spinner Vic Marks.

Just 10.2 overs were possible in the afternoon, but that was enough time for Craig Overton to draw Bell into a loose drive outside the off stump that was well caught by Trescothick, who atoned for his earlier spill.

Trott will resume on 30 in the morning along with Sam Hain (8*), with Somerset in need of quick wickets to help push this interrupted match along.