Steve impresses again on day two

On a day when 33.1 overs were lost to the rain, Somerset played themselves into a good position thanks to a maiden century from Steve Davies, a career best 55 from Dom Bess and 96 from skipper Tom Abell.

By the end of day two Surrey trailed by 367 with nine first innings wickets in hand.

Resuming on 234 for four Abell, who started the day on 88, square drove Meaker to the boundary to move into the 90s. The home skipper looked to be heading towards his first century of the season but he was caught by ‘keeper Ben Foakes off Rikki Clarke for 96. Along with Davies the captain added 155 for the fifth wicket to take Somerset onto 251.

At the other end Davies, who started the day on 68, was lucky to survive a chance down the leg side to Foakes when he edged Clarke, but the ‘keeper was unable to hold onto the catch.

Stuart Meaker then struck twice from the River End when he had Jim Allenby caught by Meaker for nine and two balls later accounted for Craig Overton leg before to a delivery that straightened.

New batsman Dom Bess quickly got into his stride and his first two shots found the boundary. The 20 year old was the perfect foil for Davies who batted fluently and went to his first century for Somerset when he drove Tom Curran to the mid wicket boundary, his runs coming of 147 deliveries and containing 11 fours and one six.

By the time lunch was taken Somerset had moved onto 357 for seven with Davies unbeaten on 128 and Bess on 41.

Immediately after the break Bess came out and hit three successive boundaries off Clarke’s first over to go his maiden 50 for Somerset which came off 66 balls and contained 10 fours.

Shortly afterwards Gareth Batty accounted for Bess, bowled by a quicker delivery for 55, after adding 110 with Davies, a new eighth wicket partnership for Somerset against Surrey.

Davies took his own total onto 142 when he drove Sam Curran straight to Jason Roy at short cover leaving Somerset needing 12 more runs to reach maximum batting points.

Last man Tim Groenewald wasted no time in setting about the task and his first shot found the boundary at mid wicket off Sam Curran. However then the rain started to fall and the players left the field for an early tea with Somerset on 394.

When they returned an hour and 40 minutes later Leach took the crucial single off Sam Curran to see up the 400, but Somerset weren’t done yet. The last pair added 48 together to take Somerset to 436 before Groenewald was caught by Borthwick off his own bowling for 31 off 23 balls.

In their reply Surrey had moved onto 58 when a mid wicket mix up led to Burns being run out for 30, before moving onto 69 without further loss.

By the close of play Surrey were 69 for one, trailing by 367.

Afterwards Dom Bess said: “It was good to get my first 50 for Somerset and we’ve done pretty well to put ourselves in this position. Tom Abell was unfortunate not to get his century and Steve Davies was real class and played a proper knock today. Fingers crossed there is plenty more to come for us this season and he will go on and make a few hundreds.

“I really enjoyed batting out there with Davos (Steve Davies), playing my shots and being quite creative. It was a great boost to the team to get beyond 400 and claim maximum points. It was a great team effort and it started with Eddie yesterday and then Davos and Abes dug in.

“It was pretty flat and quite dead today, but then at the back end in the last few overs it started to spin from straight and that will be quite exciting for tomorrow.”

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