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'Surrey Week' T20 onto CC1
By Grockle et al
August 7 2017

After the T20 yesterday we return to Championship after 56 days of 'summer' today.  Deep grey clouds and rain possible.  Old hands return after self imposed exiles because of the short form stuff and some of our Boys get back into their seasons.  This is a BIG game.

v SURREY @ Taunton Monday 7 August 2017

Commentary

Match Centre

Welcome back to the foud day format on a day that seems like the end of April.  Some of the Championship supporters said that this morning felt like the start of another season.

The Somerset side is;

Trescothick, Byrom, Rouse, Hildreth, Abell, Davies S, Allenby, Overton C, Groenewald, Leach, Bess

Surrey decide to not take the toss and put us in.  The weather suggests it should be raining, but the wet stays away and more coming up moves around us so we get a whole first session.  The pitch is very slow and the Surrey opening attack are on the money.  Marcus operates the same way he did at Scarborough, he runs defence for Eddie keeping the strike against the early ball and is on 20 when i arrive at 11:15 with Byrom on 3.  By the time Meaker comes in and gets Banger caught by Borthwick on 26, Eddie is on 15 and has settled to the task.  43 for 0 becomes 46 for 3 as Tim Rouse slaps a loose short and wide Rikki Clarke one and then James gets possibly the best ball of the morning first up and wanders back for a duck.  Tom looks confident from his first off the mark boundary and Eddie is settled.  Together they take the county to lunch at 92 and the game is back on quite an even keel.

After lunch Batty resumes at the River a spell he started the innings before lunch.  Eddie sweeps him third ball but takes it a step too far too early.  He's up the wicket ball four looking to nurdle the ball, misses it and is bowled.  96 for 4 goes over the three figure mark with the help of Steve Davies.  The objective of the afternoon spell is to accumulate.  Tom keeps it calm and moves the score on when required.  His 50 comes off 101 balls with 9 fours and the 150 arrives in the 47th over with Steve looking like real class at times against his old side.

On the two men go as Surrey work hard but don't give the Somerset batsman too many worries.  The 100 partnership comes at 198, the 200 follows and Steve Davies passes 50 for only the second time at 207 from 81 balls with 4 fours and a massive 'Hello Gareth' six off Somerset's favourite opposition bowler.

Stevereaches his previous best CC1 score (59 v Yorkshire) for Somerset at 220 before passing it.  This is by far the best score from Tom  this season.  The men walk in at 234 for 4 at Tea.  Excellent work from both men.  Tom has 88 and Steve has 68.  Both needed this spell and both have played well for their runs today.  It's been hard work for the Surrey men but the patience shown by both the hiome batsmen has been exemplary.