Surrey trails Somerset 170 (Kohler-Cadmore 59, Lawes 4-41) by 138 runs (Latham 67*). After losing the toss, Surrey bowled out Somerset for 170 on the first day of the LV= County Championship match at Taunton, with Tom Lawes running through the top order.
The hosts were removed in 56.3 overs, with 20-yeSomersetar-old seamer Lawes dismissing three of the top four on his way to 4 for 41. Tom Kohler-Cadmore led the way with 59 points. By stumps, Surrey had responded with 138 for 4, with Tom Latham leading the way with 67 not out and fellow New Zealand Test player Matt Henry collecting 3 for 26 in his final game in red- and white-ball cricket for Somerset.
Somerset’s total of 12 was reached when Tom Lammonby nicked a Dan Worrall half-volley off his legs straight to Jamie Smith at midwicket. Lawes’ leg-side delivery was glanced at by Tom Abell, who feathered a catch through to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes to make it 32 for 2. Sean Dickson, on 25, fended a Lawes delivery and edged to Latham at second slip with nine runs scored.
Kohler-Cadmore knocked offspinner Will Jacks over the head for six. But it was a rare moment of joy for Somerset fans in the 2,000-person throng at the Cooper Associates County Ground.
Soon after, George Bartlett became Lawes’ third victim, caught by Jacks at the third slip. The hosts’ fortunes could have been worse had Jacks not dropped a superb chance, diving to his left, to give Kohler-Cadmore a life on 22.
With his team in trouble, James Rew required 32 balls to get going and was undefeated on 4 at lunch, which was taken at 85 for four with Kohler-Cadmore on 32. However, prospects of a significant stand between the two were dashed shortly after the half when Rew got a top edge while attempting to pull a short ball from Jordan Clark and skied a straightforward catch to Foakes.
Kasey Aldridge contributed 18 runs before edging Overton to Latham in the slips to enable Kohler-Cadmore to score 47 runs for the sixth wicket.
Kohler-Cadmore’s knock came to an end when he dragged the ball onto his stumps after aiming a huge shot at a wide delivery from Lawes. A former Yorkshire player faced 101 balls, hitting seven fours and a six.
Craig Overton flicked his first ball from twin brother Jamie to fine leg for four, eliciting two unpleasant short balls, the second of which he gloved through to the flawless Foakes. Henry delivered a few ferocious strokes before succumbing for 16, and tea was served when Ben Green was bowled by a full delivery from Worrall.
Somerset’s batting performance was awful.
Somerset had a dismal batting performance. However, they made an early breakthrough in the last session when Surrey skipper Rory Burns edged a defensive shot off Henry to Overton at second slip. With the total at 15, the identical combination accounted for Dom Sibley, with Overton holding another clear chance off Henry, who was keeping a superb line and length.
Smith barely avoided the same fate when he edged just short of Overton on 4, as Henry concluded his opening stint with 2 for 16, 10 of those runs coming off the final of his seven overs.
The momentum shifted when Smith smashed four consecutive boundaries off balls from Overton, who had switched to the River End. Batting became easier under cloudless skies as Latham contributed to a half-century stand in 67 balls.
Green’s breakthrough came in the first over of his first Championship outing of the season. The medium-pacer, who had shown a golden arm in the Blast, had Smith caught at midwicket by Lammonby, who was extending out his left arm.
With his third ball after returning to the attack, Henry struck again, Foakes nicking a defensive shot to wicketkeeper Rew to make it 95 for 4. Then, on 43, Latham held off a chance for Dickson at third slip off Overton.
As Surrey closed just 32 runs behind, the veteran Kiwi left-hander went on to an 83-ball fifty, superbly supported by Jacks.
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