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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Somerset vs Surrey

Double ton for Ramprakash

Somerset close in on Notts

Ramprakash: Unbeaten

LV County Championship - Division One
Day four - Taunton
Somerset 401-3 dec (M E Trescothick 158, Z de Bruyn 109 no, J L Langer 72) v Surrey 406-9 (M R Ramprakash 200 no, U Afzaal 65, A R Caddick 5-118)
Somerset (12pts) drew with Surrey (10pts)

An unbeaten double century from Mark Ramprakash was the highlight as Surrey's rain-affected LV County Championship clash with Somerset at Taunton ended in a draw.

But of greater significance to the Championship race was the 12 points claimed by the home side which move them to within three of Division One leaders Nottinghamshire with a game in hand.

With the option of an agreed finish ruled out by both sides, Surrey resumed their first innings on 47-1 and, with Ramprakash's innings proving the bulwark, closed it on 406-9.

The skipper spent seven hours at the crease, facing 337 balls and hitting 22 fours and two sixes. He also received good support from Usman Afzaal (65) as the bottom club claimed 10 points from the match.

Stewart Walters (38) fell first, edged Charl Willoughby to Marcus Trescothick at second slip and with Jonathan Batty going cheaply, Surrey looked in trouble on 62-3.

Ramprakash and Afzaal took it to 135-3 at lunch, with the latter reaching his half-century after the break before slashing a wide delivery from Andrew Caddick to Ben Phillips at gully.

Matthew Spriegel (2) also fell to Caddick but Ramprakash remained steafast and reached his hundred off 225 balls before tea.

Somerset needed four more wickets in the final session to take all three bowling points, while Surrey required 151 runs from 34 overs to claim maximum batting points.

Matthew Nicholson was caught by Justin Langer off Caddick, but the captain then dropped Ramprakash - on 147 at the time - off Ian Blackwell.

Caddick picked up his fourth scalp when Chris Jordan edged to Trescothick in the slips - Ramprakash then reaching his 150 off 292 balls.

Saqlain Mushtaq played some extravagant shots before edging Caddick to Trescothick - the seamer celebrating his new contract by eventually taking 5-118, his best figures of the season.

Somerset claimed their third bowling point when Jade Dernbach (11) was caught behind off Peter Trego, Ramprakash then hitting the same bowler for two sixes to take Surrey to 400.

Langer then set the field back, allowing Ramprakash the single to take him to his double hundred.

Day three

Centuries from Marcus Trescothick and Zander de Bruyn allowed Somerset to claim maximum batting bonus points on day three against Surrey.

After a rain-hit opening two days, clear skies greeted the players at Taunton on Thursday morning as Somerset resumed on 110-0 in their first innings.

Justin Langer and Trescothick added a further 22 to their opening stand before Langer was caught by Usman Afzaal off the bowling of Jade Dernbach (1-96) for 72.

Trescothick and de Bruyn shared a second-wicket partnership of 223 as the Cidermen piled up 401-3 in just 76.5 overs before Langer declared.

Both batsmen reached three-figures for the third time in the LV County Championship this season, with Trescothick blasting 23 fours and three sixes in his 186-ball knock of 158 before falling to off-spinner Saqlain Mushtaq.

Surrey were guilty of dropping him twice, once on 56 when Saqlain spilled a return catch and again on 132 when Matthew Nicholson failed to react to a sharp chance at slip, again off Saqlain.

De Bruyn found the boundary on 15 occasions during his 109 not out, while Saqlain (2-70) also accounted for James Hildreth (10) as the declaration neared.

Surrey reached 47-1 in reply by the close, having lost Scott Newman, trapped lbw by Andrew Caddick (1-13), for a 12-ball duck.

Day two

Heavy rain meant the second day at Taunton was a complete washout.

Umpires David Millns and George Sharp took the decision to abandon for the day in mid-afternoon.

Somerset had reached 110-0 during the 21.3 overs that were possible on the first day.

Day one

Marcus Trescothick became the first batsman to score 1,000 runs in Division One this season on the opening day of Somerset's County Championship match against Surrey at Taunton.

The former England opener went into the game needing 44 to reach the milestone and was unbeaten on 46 when a heavy shower ended play just after 5.30pm with Somerset 110-0.

Mark Ramprakash's decision to invite the hosts to bat on a greenish pitch backfired from the start as Justin Langer and Trescothick blasted 36 off 3.5 overs before heavy rain caused 57 overs to be lost.

When play resumed at 4.20pm Langer raced to his half-century off 57 balls, with nine fours.

The Somerset captain attacked at every opportunity and was 55 not out at the close. The second interruption meant only 21.3 overs were bowled in the day.

Match Details

12th Aug 2008
St James Street, Taunton
G Sharp and D J Millns