Second XI Championship: Somerset v Surrey – Day Three



Surrey wrapped up victory by an innings and 174 runs on the third day of this Second XI County Championship match at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

Somerset began the day on 20 for one, trailing by 310.

Archie Vaughan (47) and Josh Thomas (41) gave Somerset hope, but only three of their teammates could muster double figures as the hosts were eventually dismissed for 156 in the afternoon session. Amar Virdi was the pick of the visiting bowlers, claiming four for 51 from his 15 overs. There were also three wickets for Seb Stuart-Reckling, who took three for 18 from 3.3 overs.


Surrey resumed on 391 for four on day two of this Second XI County Championship match at Taunton Vale Sports Club.

Stuart van der Merwe (136) and Ollie Sykes (73) shared a fifth wicket stand of 151 as the visitors were eventually dismissed for 517. Josh Thomas was the pick of the Somerset bowlers, finishing with four for 77.

The hosts slipped to 45 for four, but 67 from George Thomas gave them hope, but he fell at 119 for five and Somerset were eventually all out for 187.

Surrey enforced the follow on and by the close the home side were 20 for one, trailing by 310.


Somerset take on Surrey in the Second XI Championship at Taunton Vale Sports Club this week.

Surrey won the toss and elected to bat.

Ned Leonard claimed an early wicket but by lunch, the visitors had reached 121 for two.

After the break, Josh Blake went to his century from 147 balls, and by the time tea arrived Surrey were 262 for three. Blake was unbeaten on 119 whilst Stuart van der Merwe was 52 not out.

The partnership was eventually worth 137 when Blake was bowled by Josh Thomas for 126.

By the close of play Surrey were 391 for four with van der Merwe not out on 123.

Second XI Coach, Greg Kennis has named the following squad: Archie Vaughan, Jay Terry, Kasey Aldridge*, George Thomas, Josh Thomas, Josh Davey, Thomas Rew†, Seb Linnitt, Ned Leonard, Aman Rao, James Theedom and Blaise Baker

Entry to Taunton Vale is free but there is a charge for car parking.