Another warm day in Taunton and another good crowd at the CACG saw Surrey add just 50 runs to their overnight score. Ricky Clarke made 59 not out and Jack Leach took 3 of the last 4 wickets. Surrey would have been disappointed not to have made more but took an early wicket in Trescothick (4).
In the afternoon Hildreth and Azhar Ali shared a partnership. Ali scored 50 off just 49 balls before he chipped a Gareth Batty delivery low to Ryan Patel at mid wicket when on 60. His dismissal was the first of 3 quick wickets either side of tea with Abell and Bartlett both falling cheaply.
Hildreth then found a solid partner in Davies and would have been expecting another championship century before he gave a caught and bowled chance to Clarke on 90. Davies and Gregory then saw Somerset safely through to the close of play leaving the hosts on 243-5, and the game finely poised.
In other Somerset news, we are of course through to the final of The Royal London One Day Cup, having first beaten Worcestershire on the 10th of May at New Road. Somerset racked up 337 after Worcestershire elected to field. Banton compiled his highest one day score and there were handy contributions all the way down the order.
The Australian Callum Ferguson had a day to forget, having dropped Banton twice before being run out when he had made 21. The Worcestershire reply never took off and they were dismissed for just 190, Azhar Ali bagging 5 wickets with his part-time spin.
So to the semi final against Nottinghamshire the following Sunday at Trent Bridge. Again the hosts elected to field and again Somerset compiled 337. Azhar Ali made 72, Trego 73, Banton 59 and the almost inevitable cameos from Gregory and the Overtons.
In reply, Nottinghamshire could only muster 222 due to excellent Somerset bowling. The principal contributors being Slater (58), Hales (54) and Fletcher (43). So we now look forward to the final against Hampshire at Lord’s. Getting a trophy under our belts would doubtless give us a boost for the remainder of the season and hopefully spur us on to greater glories!