Surrey v Somerset: Stuart Meaker sets up thrilling last day

Stuart Meaker
County Championship Division One, The Kia Oval
Close, day three: Somerset 512-9 dec & 154-7, Surrey 388
Surrey 7pts, Somerset 8pts
Match scorecard

Stuart Meaker produced a fine spell of bowling to give Surrey hope of claiming an incredible victory against Somerset.

The visitors, who made 512 in their first innings, were reduced to 154-7 in their second with Meaker taking 5-42.

Earlier in the day, Surrey moved from 286-6 to 388 with Tom Maynard, who was 63 not out overnight, out for 89, while Jon Lewis added 42 and Gareth Batty 36.

Somerset's Nick Compton made 50 but four wickets fell for only 25 runs to leave Surrey with a chance of a win.

Jon Lewis
Jon Lewis frustrated Somerset with his innings of 42

Surrey trail by 278 and will be aiming to take the last three Somerset wickets quickly on Saturday morning.

Compton's half-century means he has now scored 869 first-class runs this season and is on course to become the first man since Graeme Hick in 1988 to reach the 1,000-run landmark by the end of May.

Only Craig Kieswetter provided any support as he registered 43 off of 60 balls before he was caught by Rory Hamilton-Brown to become one of Meaker's five victims.

James Hildreth and Arul Suppiah, who both made centuries in Somerset's first innings, struggled in the second innings and only scored four and 10 respectively.


BBC London 94.9's Mark Church:

"An inspired spell of fast bowling from Stuart Meaker has set up an intriguing final day of this game.

"Meaker took 5-42 as Somerset closed on 154-7 in their second innings, a lead of 278.

"Earlier in the day, Surrey had avoided the follow-on thanks to the efforts of Tom Maynard and Jon Lewis. Maynard made 89 and Lewis a valuable 42 as Surrey were all out for 388.

"Meaker then bowled a couple of hostile spells from the Vauxhall End as only Nick Compton with 50 and Craig Kieswetter with 43 seemed to be able to cope with his pace.

"Somerset still have the runs in the bank and will be happy with where they find themselves on the third evening.

"But if Surrey could pick up the final three wickets quickly and give their powerful batting line-up time to chase, well you never know. It all points to a cracking final day."

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