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Somerset fight back on day three

Somerset fought back well on the third day of this LV= Insurance County Championship match against Surrey at the Cooper Associates County Ground, but the visitors are still in a strong position.

Lewis Goldsworthy and Lewis Gregory in particular showed fighting spirit as the home batters frustrated the opposition attack.

Surrey were bowled out this morning without adding to their overnight score of 382 for seven, Hashim Amla again absent through illness. However, their lead was 202.

A three-day finish looked a possibility when Somerset slipped to 119 for four in their second innings, but Goldsworthy had other ideas, hitting a career-best 67 before Gregory weighed in with 71 not out.

By the close, Somerset had reached 319 for eight in their second innings, a lead of 117.

The day began well for the home side when Gregory ended the Surrey first innings in the opening over.

With his second delivery, he had Gus Atkinson caught behind off a defensive nick, and four balls later Dan Worrall edged another catch to Steve Davies with a more aggressive drive.

Amla, who had retired unbeaten on 19 at the start of day two, did not appear and Clark was left stranded without facing.

Somerset lost their first wicket on 16 when Ben Green edged a good delivery from Worrall to Ryan Patel, who grasped a sharp chance at third slip.

Tom Lammonby struck four fours in moving to 20, but then top-edged an attempted pull off Atkinson and skyed to backward point with the total on 37.

Tom Abell took 12 from the first over of the day sent down by former team-mate Jamie Overton and by lunch he and Tom Banton had advanced the score to 93 with few alarms.

Banton, attempting to establish himself as a Championship batsman this summer, had shown good judgement in moving to 31 when flicking at a leg-side delivery from Overton and unluckily getting a touch through to wicketkeeper Jamie Smith.

Things got worse for Somerset when Abell was run out for 45 by Atkinson’s throw, seeking a second after playing Overton off his legs. However, Goldsworthy, who had battled for more than two hours in the first innings, again offered resistance in a fifth-wicket stand of 72 with Steve Davies.

The Somerset wicketkeeper made 29, but when appearing set fell leg-before to off-spinner Will Jacks, attempting to sweep, with the total on 191.

Goldsworthy, whose previous best First Class score was 48, reached his maiden half-century off 72 balls with a top-edged pull for four off Clark.

Gregory then put Somerset in front with a straight boundary off Jacks and at tea the hosts were 222 for five, leading by 20.

The diminutive Goldsworthy had struck eight fours and a six when caught behind looking to cut a wide ball from Jacks.

Roelof van der Merwe fell lbw to Atkinson for two, despite his best efforts to get outside the line of off stump, and at 249 for seven, Somerset led by only 47.

Gregory grew in confidence and reached an attractive fifty off 76 balls, with five fours and a six over deep square off Atkinson.

Kasey Aldridge, playing in only his third First Class match, provided excellent support as Surrey took the second new ball at 283 for seven. The pair brought up a half-century stand in 11 overs before Aldridge was pinned lbw by Overton for 15.

At the close of play, Goldsworthy said: “I felt good out there today and it was nice to get some runs. It feels like that 50 has been a long time coming. A few things went my way today, but I’m pretty happy to have got my best First Class score.

“We had to fight out there and they’ve got a really good bowling attack. We showed a lot of fight out there. It’s a good wicket and they got it swinging a bit tonight, so if we can get a good lead, you never know what might happen. This is Championship cricket and we’ve got a lot of good bowlers, so we’ll see what happens tomorrow.”

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