Somerset 220-6 lead Surrey by 56 runs
Steven Davies and Peter Trego led Somerset’s final day resistance against Surrey as they battled to earn a draw at the Kia Oval. At lunch, after resuming their second innings on 113 for 4, they were 220 for 6 – a lead of 56, and with a minimum of 64 overs remaining in the match.
Davies, the 31-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman who left the Oval for Taunton last winter after seven seasons at Surrey, scored 52 before edging Gareth Batty’s off spin to slip and all-rounder Trego was on a pugnacious 48 not out from just 61 balls after being dropped at first slip off Jade Dernbach on 36.
Davies and Tom Abell, his overnight partner, took their fifth wicket stand to 34 before Somerset’s young captain edged a drive at Rikki Clarke to Rory Burns at second slip to go for 18 after an opening half-hour in which both batsmen looked more than comfortable.
Warm sunshine, and clear blue skies, were undoubtedly to Somerset’s advantage as they looked to overturn a first innings deficit of 164 and bat for most of the day to earn what would be five hugely valuable draw points in the ongoing battle to avoid relegation from the Specsavers County Championship’s Division One.
Craig Overton, in with Trego on 9 not out at the interval, swung Batty for six over wide long on to show that there was still fight left in the Somerset lower order.