Tim Wigmore at Somerset 171-5 v Surrey
A glorious morning at The Oval and a pivotal one in Somerset’s season. Escape with a draw, and a victory next week at home to Middlesex will almost certainly be enough to stay in Division One for an 11th straight year. The dismissal of Tom Abell, flashing Rikki Clarke to the slips, was unwelcome, but there have been plenty more pleasant shots to enjoy from Steven Davies during an enthralling battle with Stuart Meaker. Meaker eviscerated Davies’ stumps with a yorker - but it was a no ball. Davies, on 36 then, has continued counter-punching though the offside. Somerset are now into the lead, albeit only by seven.