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Four for Pete but Sangakkara impresses on day two

Peter Trego claimed four wickets but Kumar Sangakkara’s eighth Specsavers County Championship hundred of a final season for Surrey put his side on top after two days at the Kia Oval.

At stumps Surrey were 328 for 6, a lead of 69, and while half-centuries centuries by England opener Mark Stoneman and 19-year-old Ollie Pope were vital contributions to the Surrey cause, the day was again dominated by the Sri Lankan, who has now scored a hundred against each of the other First Division counties this season, except Hampshire.

He finished unbeaten on 119, raising his aggregate in just 13 innings to 1,369 runs with twice as many hundreds as any other batsman in Division One.

Coming in at 114 for two, Sangakkara saw Ryan Patel (14) depart without addition to the score but two punishing partnerships after lunch put Surrey in control as he added 55 with Ben Foakes and then 109 with Pope in 29 overs.

Pope fell to the new ball after lodging his first half-century at the Oval, but by then Sangakkara had reached the 64th hundred of his First Class career with a back-foot force off Craig Overton for his 14th boundary.

On a pitch offered little assistance to their spinners, Jack Leach and Dom Bess, the slack was taken up by Peter Trego who picked up four wickets, his best return of the season.

Trego broke a stand of 97 between Stoneman and Rory Burns for the first wicket when Stoneman, shortly after passing 50 for the seventh time this season, edged one that held its line. Burns (43) was bowled by Trego off a big inside edge and when Tim Groenewald picked up Patel, it was no more than Somerset deserved for some excellent bowling before lunch.

As the ball got soft batting became easier. Sangakkara greeted Leach’s return to the attack by hitting him for two boundaries as he moved towards a 93-ball half-century while Foakes, with whom he had shared a partnership of 258 against Yorkshire last week, looked in good touch until Trego came back and did him with late away movement.

Surrey went past Somerset’s first innings 269 with four wickets down but Somerset struck with the new ball when Pope gave Steven Davies his fourth catch of the day.

Sam Curran (17) was smartly caught at slip off Trego to give Somerset a precious second bonus point.

At the end of the day Peter Trego said: “I haven’t had many opportunities to bowl long spells in the Championship in recent seasons but I felt in good rhythm and really enjoyed myself. It was good to make a contribution to the team cause.

“With Sangakkara it’s a difficult one. The cricket fan in you likes watching him bat but the Somerset player in you doesn’t! It was an honour to bowl at him to be honest, he was exceptional today and he’s a real legend of the game.

“Hopefully we don’t have to bowl too much more at him tomorrow. If we can keep their lead down to 100 or so our openers showed in the first innings that you can get runs out there but Surrey are on top at this stage.”

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