Surrey establish first innings lead on day two


A century from Dom Sibley helped Surrey to establish a first innings lead by the close of play on the second day of this Vitality County Championship Division One match against Somerset at the Kia Oval.

Resuming on 42 without loss, Surrey ended the day on 358 for six, a lead of 73.

It took the hosts nine balls to reach the 50-mark before Sibley then reached his half century from 85 balls.

Sibley and Rory Burns brought up the hundred opening stand in the 26th over before the Surrey skipper reached his 50 from 74 balls. The 150 partnership arrived in the 44th over of the innings and by lunch the hosts were 155 without loss.

Somerset needed an early breakthrough after the interval and it came when Shoaib Bashir removed Burns for 75 when he got the faintest of edges and was snaffled by James Rew with the scoreboard showing 167. Kasey Aldridge then had Ollie Pope (11) caught by Alfie Ogborne on the square leg boundary at 192 for two.

Sibley brough up his three figures from 208 balls but he fell shortly after in slightly odd circumstances without adding to his score when he was bowled by Lewis Goldsworthy. He looked to play positively against the spinner but drove the ball into his own foot and then looked on helplessly as the ball rolled into the stumps.

At this point Surrey were 214 for three and Somerset were hoping to prevent the batters from building on their solid start, as had happened to them yesterday, but half centuries for Jamie Smith (51) and Ben Foakes (57) ensured that Surrey didn’t suffer the same fate as befell the visitors.

Smith was bowled by Craig Overton, and after Dan Lawrence fell to Aldridge for six, Lewis Gregory trapped Foakes lbw at 339 for six.