Post-prandial punch from Surrey
SURREY took a first-innings lead of 164 after they were finally bowled out for 433 against Somerset at the Kia Oval yesterday, writes Bruce Talbot.
The hosts then removed Marcus Trescothick in the last over before lunch as Somerset reached 5-1 in their second innings.
Resuming on 328-6, Kumar Sangakkara and Rikki Clarke extended their seventh-wicket stand to 99 before Sangakkara was dismissed for 157 after increasing his aggregate in the Specsavers County Championship this season to 1,407 runs, at 117.25.
The Sri Lankan was well caught off a big top edge at backward point by Jack Leach, aiming to hit Tom Abell through the leg side. His 238-ball innings included 20 fours and a six.
Clarke was run out shortly after reaching a 107-ball 50 which included ten fours – three of them in an over from off-spinner Dom Bess.
Sent back by Gareth Batty after the Surrey captain had driven to mid-on, Clarke was left stranded by George Bartlett’s direct hit.
Abell had Batty leg before as he shuffled in front of a straight one and Peter Trego wrapped up the innings by bowling Stuart Meaker to finish with 5-67.
A bad morning for relegation-haunted Somerset got worse on the stroke of lunch when Trescothick drove loosely at Sam Curran and was caught at third slip. Chiddingfold v Dogmersfield; Grayswood v Frensham; Headley v Pirbright; Lurgashall v Grayshott; Puttenham & Wanborough v Blackheath. Fernhurst v Badshot Lea; Frensham v Elstead; Grayshott v The Bourne; Harting v Brook; Hindhead v Tongham; Shalford v Thursley.
Blackheath v Grayswood; Dogmersfield v Milford; Grayshott v Tilford; Kingsley v Headley; Peper Harow v Puttenham & Wanborough; Wood Street Village v Bramley. Lancashire v Surrey.
Half a dozen talented young Woking cricketers have been awarded Bedser scholarships.
Morgan Oxborough, Robbie French, Ella Shattock, Nicole Dragos, Douglas Cant and Maaz Ali Ejaz are all state-school-educated Woking pupils whoi have showed talent in the sport but have yet to play district or county cricket.
The scholarship is named after Eric and Alec Bedser, identical twins born in 1918 who taught themselves the game on Horsell Common.
Alec went on to be a fastmedium bowler for England with all-rounder Eric helping Surrey to win seven successive County Championships during the 1950s.