Rain frustrates Somerset on day two

Weather affected the second day of this Specsavers County Championship match at Guildford as Surrey closed on 188 for five in reply to Somerset’s 344.

Only 36.2 overs were bowled before bad light and rain cut short proceedings from shortly after 2pm until 5.30pm, when a further 18.4 overs were possible, but Ben Foakes’ half-century rallied Surrey from the depths of 38 for three in a fourth wicket partnership worth 81 in 22 overs with Scott Borthwick.

Borthwick’s two and a half hours of resistance eventually ended, after a 118-ball 36, in that tricky final session when he nicked a push-drive at a ball from Craig Overton. All-rounder Ryan Patel contributed a punchy 40 not out from 69 balls, as sunshine warmed the early evening’s play, while Will Jacks hung on to remain unbeaten on 13.

Foakes hit ten fours in a 70-ball effort, before edging the pacy Jamie Overton to keeper Steven Davies two overs before the players left the field 5.2 overs into the afternoon session. Overton had figures of two for 20 from 6.2 overs when the players left the field.

The Overton twins and Jack Brooks had all earlier struck with the new ball in the day’s opening hour, after Surrey had resumed their first innings on 0 for 0. Overcast conditions encouraged a five-pronged Somerset seam attack but Mark Stoneman started brightly.

After reaching 21 from 22 balls though, the left-hander played no stroke at a ball from Brooks which swung in wickedly late to pluck out his off stump.

Burns, who laboured for 39 balls to make just two, then drove loosely at Craig Overton to give Marcus Trescothick a sharp catch at second slip. Dean Elgar soon joined his captain in the pavilion when he was out for one to Jamie Overton’s first ball of the match.

Having replaced his brother in the attack, Overton swung a good length ball back into Elgar’s pads and the South African had to go.

Both Overton brothers finished the day with two wickets and at the close of play Craig said: “I think the game is still finely balanced, although I would say it is about 60-40 in our favour at the moment. There is still a bit in it for the bowlers, but there is a long way to go in the match. It was good to have Jamie back in the team as he adds a different dimension to our attack.”

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