Six for Matt, but Surrey on top
Matt Henry claimed a six-wicket haul, but Surrey ended the second day of this LV= Insurance County Championship match on top at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
Tom Latham and Will Jacks both fell for 99 as the visitors were dismissed for 368, a lead of 198. Henry’s six for 80 is the 22nd time that the New Zealand seamer has taken five wickets or more in a First Class innings.
Tea was taken at fall of the final Somerset wicket and the rain which had been threatening for much of the afternoon arrived to finish play for the day.
Surrey began the day on 138 for four, 32 runs behind, with Latham on 67 and Jacks 13. Both played conservatively against Henry and Craig Overton, with Latham content to leave anything directed wide of off stump.
The century stand was brought up in 23 overs and Somerset’s task increased when seamer Kasey Aldridge was forced off with a side strain, having bowled four balls of the 52nd over.
Latham moved to within one of his century when a light shower brought a brief interruption at 12.05pm. However, the first ball of the resumption ten minutes later brought his downfall as he went to cut a delivery from off-spinner Shoaib Bashir and edged to slip where Overton held a juggling catch at the third attempt.
The Kiwi left-hander had faced 167 balls and hit 16 fours. It was 218 for five and Somerset struck again with 21 added when Jordan Clark pushed forward to Ben Green and edged a catch to wicketkeeper James Rew.
Lunch was taken at 246 for six, with Jacks having moved onto 72.
Jacks took the lead past 100 by clearing the ropes again with a pull shot off Henry.
Jamie Overton then made his mark on his former home ground with a six over long off which broke a window in the Colin Atkinson Pavilion.
Jacks survived a confident appeal for a catch behind off Green on 99, but then went to drive the next delivery off a good length and only succeeded in guiding the ball straight into the chest of Tom Abell at backward point.
The second new ball was taken as soon as it became available with Surrey 317 for seven and leading by 147. Overton had progressed to 42 when top-edging a pull shot off Henry and offering a steepling catch, which Sean Dickson judged well at cover.
Henry then followed up by having Dan Worrall pouched by Dickson at third-man off an uppercut and last man Tom Lawes caught behind, leaving Gus Atkinson 39 not out.
Henry, making the last appearance of a prolific spell with Somerset was warmly applauded by team-mates and spectators alike as he left the field.