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Fifty for Eddie but Somerset forced to follow-on

Ryan Patel produced a remarkable burst of six wickets for five runs in 23 balls as Surrey made Somerset follow-on in the battle of the County Championship’s top two at Guildford.

The 20-year-old came on in the 56th over with Somerset 169 for four but less than 30 minutes later they were 180 all out and following-on.

Opener Eddie Byrom made 52 before being trapped lbw to Patel’s first ball and in the same over Lewis Gregory was pinned in front.

In his next over Patel struck three times in five deliveries. Steve Davies was lbw to the first ball of the over, Josh Davey edged the fourth to Rikki Clarke at slip and then Tim Groenewald was pinned in front trying to work the ball to leg. Jack Leach kept out the hat-trick delivery but needed lengthy treatment when he ducked into a short ball from Morne Morkel which necessitated a change of helmet.

Leach became Patel’s sixth wicket and fourth leg-before victim as Somerset conceded a first-innings deficit of 279.

Following on, Somerset closed on 18 without loss, trailing by 261.

Earlier Ollie Pope made 117 but could do little when a delivery from Groenewald, who finished with four for 85, crept through. He added 60 for the seventh wicket with Rikki Clarke, who contributed a breezy 42 before he was last out.

Clarke, benefitting a strong breeze at his back, then took three wickets in 15 balls before Byrom and skipper Tom Abell fought back either side of tea to add 54..

At the close of play Somerset Head Coach, Jason Kerr said: “It was a tough day with all those wickets falling in a rush at the end but following-on has at least given us a chance. Last week against Notts we made them follow on and they responded and gave us a really tough chase on the last day which we came through.

“We’ve played well all year and hopefully this is a blip. We’ve got a lot of talent in the dressing room and if we can put a good score on the board tomorrow, who knows what might happen.”

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