A look at everything that happened on the second day of play between Surrey and Somerset at the Cooper Associates County Ground in the LV= County Championship.
After around a day and a half without play, Surrey and Somerset managed 59 overs on the second day of this fixture. Asked to bat first by the hosts, Surrey ended the day on 191/4 with Jamie Smith (18) and Ben Foakes (13) at the crease.
With conditions weighted in the bowlers’ favour, opening pair Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman made a battling start to the match seeing off the new ball expertly. Stoneman was the first to go though, edging to third slip for 18.
Burns was joined by Hashim Amla, who looked every inch the world class batsman he has been for two decades, until a rush of blood saw him slot a ball on his hips straight down the throat of deep square leg for 26.
At the other end, Burns had been making serene progress but he soon followed, this time in unfortunate circumstances. Dabbing down on a stock delivery, the left hander turned around to see the ball had ricocheted into his stumps and he had to go for 55.
Ollie Pope, batting well out of his crease to negate the swinging ball, played some sumptuous drives as Somerset’s bowlers toiled. That was, until he reached 33, when a flashing top edge saw him caught behind.
Together came Foakes and Smith who, with the light fading, saw the end of the day in sight and ensured no further damage.
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CLOSE OF PLAY REACTION
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Surrey XI: Burns, Stoneman, Amla, Pope, Foakes, Smith, Jacks, Clark, Clarke, Overton, Roach
Somerset XI: Lammonby, Byrom, Abell, Hildreth, Bartlett, Goldsworthy, Banton, Gregory, van der Merwe, Davey, de Lange
ELSEWHERE IN GROUP 2
Hampshire and Middlesex are facing off at Lord’s after Hampshire won the reverse fixture in Southampton a few weeks ago.
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