Match Zone: Surrey (A) in Specsavers CC (24-27 April)

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Somerset welcome back the Overton twins for the trip to London to take on Surrey in their second game in the Specsavers County Championship. Craig missed the game at Durham through suspension and Jamie was injured but both played against the Cardiff students in the week and will be in contention to face the Londoners. Josh Davey and Ben Green make way in the squad of 12.

It will be interesting to see who sits out this game with Jamie and Tim Groenewald likely to be competing for one place although Jim Allenby may be a doubt as he sat out the Cardiff game after a Cortisone injection.

Somerset squad: C Rogers (c), M Trescothick, T Abell, J Hildreth, J Allenby, R van der Merwe, P Trego, R Davies (w), T Groenewald, L Gregory, J Overton, C Overton.

Matt Maynard said to the club’s official site: “Surrey always produce as good a cricket wicket as possible and it will be a case of going up there and building on what we have done this week.  All of our bowlers have gone about their business well and I thought we bowled in great areas, especially Craig Overton.  Jamie Overton is also getting into a good rhythm as are Lewis Gregory and Tim Groenewald.  It’s been a very productive week and we hope to go there and replicate that.

“Our batters didn’t have too much time at the crease up at Durham so the game against Cardiff was a good work out and better than any net practice they could have had.  The batsmen all got runs in the week and we had two hard days of practice at the Cooper Associates County Ground on Thursday and Friday.  The players are in a good place and I think we will have a difficult choice to make on what 11 we go with at the Kia Oval.”

Although the league table means little after one game these two sides are propping up the rest going into the fixture with Somerset’s 8 points gained from the draw at Chester-le-Street double Surrey’s haul after their defeat at Nottingham in the first round of games. Surrey were made to follow on in that game having been shot out for 225 in their first innings but Arun Harinath (137) and Kumar Sangakkara (83) helped set Notts a score of 169 to chase down and they lost 7 wickets in the process. For Surrey Tom Curran took 7 wickets and Ravi Rampaul 8 as they made the hosts sweat. They can also rely on new signing Mark Footitt to support the front line so Somerset’s batsmen will need to be on better form with the bat than was shown at Durham against a very useful bowling attack.

The game’s scorecard on ESPN Cricinfo here

Live coverage from BBC Somerset here

Umpires: Paul Baldwin & Richard Illingworth

Day 1

A beautiful morning greeted the players in south London. Captain Chris Rogers opted for a toss which was won by Surrey skipper Gareth Batty and he decided to bat first.

In a remarkable twist Jack Leach was named in the starting XI even though he was not in the original squad. Jamie Overton and Jim Allenby miss out. Somerset team: C Rogers (c), M Trescothick, T Abell, J Hildreth, R van der Merwe, P Trego, R Davies (w), T Groenewald, L Gregory, J Leach, C Overton

Morning: Somerset opened with Cove and Gregs and they bowled tidily early on without much luck. The young pacemen changed ends and Cove struck in the 8th over nabbing Harinath for 9 when Surrey were on 26.

  • This success merely brought Sangakkara to the crease and he and Burns set about the Somerset bowling helping themselves to a hundred partnership before the break. Sanga looking in sparkling form from the off
  • 84 of the runs scored in the morning session were in boundaries as Somerset rued some missed chances. Pick of the bowlers was Cove whose 10 overs cost just 27 for the one wicket taken
  • By lunch Sanga had moved to an impressive 68* and Burns 50* with Surrey set for a big score at 140-1 off 31 overs

Afternoon: Surrey continued to dominate Somerset in the afternoon session hitting another 138 runs for the loss of 2 wickets. Sangakkara, in particular, was in scintillating form

  • The visitors had to wait until the 17th over after lunch to get a breakthrough when Burns offered a chance to van der Merwe off his own bowling for a brilliant 80. Surrey were now 213-2
  • The next wicket came soon after when Davies nicked one to Tregs off Groeners for 7 and the home team were 248-3
  • But Sanga kept going and made his way to 150* at tea with Jason Roy 18* and Surrey finished the session 278-3 and well on top here averaging 139 runs per session

Evening: Somerset finally put an end to Sangakkara’s efforts when he was ct Cove b Groeners for a brilliant 171. At this stage Surrey were 313-4

  • But the home side didn’t rest there and Roy hit 11×4 in a masterful 85 before he was out in what would prove to be the last over of the day
  • There were a couple of delays due to bad light before the umpires ended things prematurely after 87 overs with Surrey 394-5 

Day 2

Morning: Just the session Somerset needed to get back in this game as 5 wickets fell for just 67 runs to shoot Surrey all out for 463 – a commendable effort by the bowling team

  • Surrey progressed to 419 when Foakes edged one to Davies off Groeners for 8.
  • The next wicket fell with the score on 429 as Curran was run out by Abell for 7 and there was another run out on 444 when Roly caught Batty short so that 8 wickets down.
  • Ansari had battled to make 53 but he was ninth down on 453 when he edged to Tres off Groeners and 19 runs later it was all over when Footitt became Groenrs 5th wicket caught by Roleof.
  • It was a good effort from Timmy G who enjoyed figures of 5 for 94 from his 23.5 iovers and led Somerset to maximum bowling points.
  • Somerset’s response was hindered by rain and when an early lunch was taken the Somerset reply was 4-0.

Afternoon: Play restarted for just 8 balls before the rain returned and the players left the field with the score 8-0

  • There was a monumental moment when Tres struck Curran for 4 to pass Peter Wight and become Somerset’s second highest run scorer of all-time
  • Tres and Tabes batted well bringing up the 50 partnership with Tres dominating by scoring 35 of those runs.
  • Tabes was caught on the boundary for 19 off Footit’s bowling and Somerset were 63-1 when the rain returned.
  • After the resumption Tres moved to 50 with the score 81-1. He particularly liked Footitt’s bowling hitting 2 overs for 23 runs.

Evening: Bad light now played it’s part with Somerset 99-1 with Tres 68* and Buck 6*

  • Somerset trail by 364 runs with 9 wickets in hand.

Day 3

Morning: The session ended with it difficult to determine who was on top, with Surrey having taken 3 wickets for 96 runs, yet the highlight being Marcus Trescothick reaching the 59th first class century of his career the day after becoming the second highest first class run scorer in Somerset’s history.

  • Somerset had progressed the score to 111 when in the 34th over captain Chris Rogers was bowled by Ravi Rampaul for 11.
  • Hildreth had begun his innings well, hitting two fours off Tom Curran in his first over faced, yet he was strangled down the leg side off Rampaul’s bowling, being caught behind for 10 with the score on 133.
  • Another small partnership was built between new batsman van der Merwe and Trescothick, yet the Dutchman was dismissed for 4 runs, being trapped LBW off England prospect Zafar Ansari spin to leave Somerset on 156-4.
  • In the 48th over, Trescothick reached his century with a single off Mark Foottitt. The century came off 144 balls, which included 17 fours and 1 six.
  • By lunch Tres had moved to an impressive 112* and his latest partner, Pete Trego, had made 22* with Somerset looking to build towards a competitive score at 195-4 off 58 overs.

Afternoon: A mini-Somerset collapse meant that the session was definitely Surrey’s, with Ravi Rampaul taking two of the wickets that led to Somerset ending the session needing 33 runs to avoid the follow on.

  • The session’s start was delayed due to SNOW, with the game eventually resuming at 2.45pm.
  • The 12th over of the session saw Somerset’s fifth wicket fall, with Peter Trego being caught behind on 41 off Rampaul’s bowling, with the ball bouncing more than expected.
  • The following over saw the end of Trescothick’s marvellous century, as he was bowled by Gareth Batty for 127 off 213 balls.
  • When Ryan Davies was caught by Ansari off Rampaul’s bowling for 5, the over after Tres’ dismissal, it meant the mini-collapse had seen Surrey take 8-3 from 3 overs, and Somerset end up on 239-7.
  • The arrival of tea saw a 42* partnership between Lewis Gregory (19*) and Craig Overton (21*) halt the collapse in an attempt to get Somerset beyond the follow on target, with the Cidermen on 281-7 off 82.

Evening: Somerset’s first innings came to an end in this session, with lower order runs from Overton and Gregory getting Somerset beyond the follow on target and to get 4 batting points.

  • The 78 run partnership between Craig Overton and Gregory, that saw Somerset go reach the follow on target, was ended when Overton was caught off Rampaul’s bowling by Ansari on the boundary (a “sensational catch” to quote @SomersetCCC) for 44.
  • 28 runs were added in the seven over partnership between Gregory and Leach until Batty struck, getting his second wicket as Leach was LBW for 9 runs.
  • Somerset managed to secure the fourth batting point, but when Tim Groenewald was caught behind off Batty’s bowling, the innings was over, with Somerset ending on 353ao, with Gregory unbeaten on 47*. Ravi Rampaul was the pick of the Surrey bowlers, taking 5-85.
  • Following Somerset’s innings, the game was delayed by rain and stumps was reached without Surrey’s innings beginning.

Close of play: Somerset 353 all out (Trescothick 127, Gregory 47*, Overton 44, Rampaul 5-85).

Day 4

Morning: The session ended with Surrey looking comfortable having lost both their openers early due to the work of mainly Sangakkara.

  • The first wicket of the day came in the sixth over and went to Lewis Gregory, who got Arun Harinath caught behind for 10.
  • The following over saw fellow opener Rory Burns lose his wicket, with Craig Overton’s ball being edged behind to Davies behind the stumps.
  • A 53 run partnership between Davies and first innings centurion Kumar Sangakkara ended when Jack Leach got his first wicket of the game, with Davies being stumped having gone down the pitch.
  • By lunch Sangakkara and Roy, had rebuilt Surrey’s innings and were looking comfortable on 39* and 18* The pick of the Somerset bowlers in the first session was Lewis Gregory, who had figures of 1-15, yet Surrey are looking comfortable at 104-3 off 32 overs.

Afternoon: Somerset took 5 wickets in the session to leave Surrey on 181-8, before their declaration to set up a potentially competitive end to the match.

  • The second over after lunch saw Leach get his second wicket, with Jason Roy being caught by captain Chris Rogers at cover for 19.
  • The next big milestone in the Surrey innings was Sangakkara reaching his half century off 86 balls.
  • Lewis Gregory got his second wicket of the innings when he trapped Ansari LBW for 14.
  • Sangakkara was finally dismissed for 71 when a Craig Overton delivery was caught by Jack Leach, leaving Surrey on 166-6.
  • The new batsman Tom Curran could only make 6 runs before being bowled by Overton, and when Gareth Batty was bowled by Lewis Gregory for 4, Surrey declared on 181-8d, with Sangakkara being the top scorer of the innings on 71, with Gregory being the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-24.
  • The declaration meant Somerset require 292 to win from around 40 overs following tea.

Evening: An early Somerset wobble was not enough to give Surrey the victory, with Hildreth and Trego easing any nerves of a surprise loss.

  • The Somerset innings began disastrously, with Tom Abell being caught by Burns off Ravi Rampaul’s bowling for a duck in the second over.
  • 22 runs were added between Rogers and Trescothick before the latter was out for 12 – being caught by England star Jason Roy for 12 off Ansari’s bowling.
  • It looked as if Rogers and Hildreth were going to be rebuilding the innings and stabilising Somerset, but the 32 run partnership was ended when the captain was bowled by Ansari for 24.
  • Four overs later and new batsman van der Merwe was on his way back to the pavilion, having also been bowled by Ansari, this time for 2 runs, and leaving Somerset wobbling on 62-4.
  • Hildreth and Trego managed to stabilise the innings, and the game ended as a draw with Somerset on 122-4¸with Hildreth on 40* and Trego on 34*. Ansari was Surrey’s best bowler of the innings, ending with figures of 3-43.

Close of play: Somerset 353 (Trescothick 127, Gregory 47*, C. Overton 44, Rampaul 5-85) and 122-4 (Hildreth 40*, Trego 34*, Ansari 3-43) draw with Surrey 463 (Sangakkara 171, Roy 85, Groenewald 5-94) and 181-8d (Sangakkara 71, Gregory 3-24, C. Overton 3-55).



MATCH DRAWN: Somerset 12 points, Surrey 13 points