Captain Marcus Trescothick scored his first County Championship century since 2012 as Somerset enjoyed a productive second day against Division One leaders Sussex at Hove.
The former England opener endured a rare poor season last year as he failed to reach three figures and averaged less than 28 in the championship, leading to question marks about his future as Somerset skipper.
However, the 38-year-old proved he can still produce the goods with a superb 116 against early-season pacesetters Sussex, striking 14 fours before he was bowled by Steve Magoffin.
Trescothick's knock, in conjunction with Alviro Petersen (76) and the efforts of Johann Myburgh (37 not out) and Lewis Gregory (47) during a last-wicket stand of 75, helped Somerset score 372, despite suffering a mid-innings slump.
Alfonso Thomas then had Sussex captain Ed Joyce caught behind by Craig Kieswetter for six as the home side closed the day on 25 for one, leaving Somerset in a healthy-looking position at the midway point of the match.
Things did not look so promising early on, though, as the Westcountry outfit saw Thomas – their second nightwatchman on the rain-affected first day after Jamie Overton was out cheaply – become the third of five victims for England limited-overs paceman Chris Jordan, trapped lbw for four.
That dismissal left Somerset on 89 for four and, although two of those wickets to fall were of bowlers, it was not the start they would have been hoping for.
However, Thomas' departure brought together Petersen and Trescothick, and the two experienced batsmen put on 139 for the fifth wicket to guide Somerset away from a potentially sticky situation.
During that stand Trescothick was finally able to celebrate reaching three figures once again – it was the 52nd first-class ton of the left-hander's career – when he drove James Anyon for two to bring up his century off 214 balls. Soon after reaching that milestone, though, his stand with Petersen was brought to an end when the South African was stumped by Ben Brown after being lured out of his crease by Ashar Zaidi.
That left the visitors on 228 for five, and from a position of strength Somerset then looked as though they might even fail to reach 300 as Trescothick, James Hildreth (18), Kieswetter (five) and Peter Trego (11) all fell to leave the visitors on 297 with only one wicket remaining.
That last wicket proved a tough one for Sussex to get as Myburgh and Gregory battled hard to earn Somerset a fourth batting point before Jordan (five for 76) finally made the breakthrough when he had the latter caught just short of what would have been only a third first-class half-century.
Elsewhere in the County championship yesterday, former Somerset favourite Jos Buttler fired an unbeaten 66 from 94 balls as Lancashire recovered from 130 for five to finish on 244-5 and lead by 199 runs at Northamptonshire.