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Half-centuries from Lewis Goldsworthy and Tom Lammonby could not prevent Surrey – led by their spin twins, Dan Lawrence and Cam Steel – from squeezing Somerset at The Kia Oval, where the champions will be pressing for a first win of the new Vitality County Championship season on the final day.

Goldsworthy made 58 and Lammonby 51 to add to his first-day century, but at stumps, Somerset were only 61 runs ahead at 204 for six in their second innings, with Lawrence picking up three for 45. Surrey had earlier reached 428 in their first innings, after resuming already 73 runs to the good at 358 for six.

It was the spin of Lawrence and Steel which did the damage for Surrey, with Lawrence having Sean Dickson well-held behind his pads by keeper Ben Foakes for nought with just his second ball after being given the new ball alongside Jordan Clark in a three-over pre-lunch mini-session.

Lawrence’s off spin also accounted for Matt Renshaw, leg-before for 16 as he aimed a sweep from well across in front of his stumps. And, after a 58-run third wicket stand between Lammonby and Goldsworthy, the leg breaks of Steel provided further breakthroughs for Surrey in a lengthy from the Pavilion End either side of tea.

First he had Lammonby leg-before as he propped forward defensively and then Tom Banton, on 11, top-edged a cut to lob up a comfortable catch to Lawrence at backward point. Steel took two for 53 from his 21 overs.

It was Lawrence again who claimed Somerset’s fifth wicket, turning one to take the edge of James Rew’s bat to have the young left-hander superbly-held at boot level by Jamie Overton at slip for 22.

Goldsworthy’s 131-ball resistance was finally ended by Gus Atkinson’s pace and a thin edge through to Foakes and Somerset might have lost a seventh wicket when Kasey Aldridge, on nought, was dropped by Overton at slip off Lawrence despite a juggle with the ball after it had hit his wrist as he dived to his left.

At stumps, however, Aldridge had moved on to 20 and Somerset captain Lewis Gregory was also still there on 23 not out. The seventh wicket pair have put on a creditable 42 so far.

Surrey had earlier taken 24.2 overs to add a further 70 runs to their overnight score, with the whole-hearted Aldridge picking up three of the last four remaining wickets to finish with deserved figures of five for 64.

Clark was unlucky to be strangled down the legside on 13, in the day’s sixth over, and Steel – who resumed on 35 – was brilliantly held by a leaping Lammonby at gully as he cut hard at pacer Aldridge.

Overton and Atkinson added 40 for the ninth wicket before Atkinson (15) was caught off Migael Pretorius’ bowling and Overton’s useful 35 came to an end when he under-edged a pull onto his own stumps.