Somerset v Surrey, Taunton, 4th day September 14, 2013

Meschede helps ease Somerset worries


Somerset 260 (Compton 66) and 133 for 3 beat Surrey 195 (Thomas 4-23) and 197 (Meschede 4-43) lead by seven wickets

Somerset eased their relegation worries by beating Surrey by seven wickets in a dogfight at Taunton.

At the start of the day Surrey lost their remaining six wickets for the addition of 100, four of which fell to Craig Meschede, before Piyush Chawla polished off the innings.

Chasing 133 for victory, Somerset raced to their target in 23.4 overs, as an unbeaten 36 from James Hildreth and Craig Kieswetter's 34 not out saw them across the line with 21 valuable points.

Resuming on 97 for 4, it was Zander de Bruyn who began the day by bringing up the Surrey hundred with three runs off the first ball of the first full over, bowled by Alfonso Thomas.

Steven Davies got off the mark with two boundaries off Meschede's first over, but the 21-year-old got his revenge when the Surrey wicket-keeper looked to cut the final ball and was caught at gully by Nick Compton for 11. Meschede struck again in his next over, when De Bruyn was caught by Kieswetter for 10.

Gareth Batty and Zafar Ansari saw Surrey onto 153 when Ansari looked to drive Meschede and was caught by Kieswetter for 14. The seventh-wicket partnership added 37 runs in 12 overs.

The introduction of Chawla into the attack from the River End was greeted with a six by Batty over long on, a stroke he repeated two overs later. Batty moved onto 37 when he pushed forward to Meschede and was caught at first clip by Hildreth. Stuart Meaker and Tremlett took the total onto 197, before Chawla wrapped up the tail.

Meaker pushed forward and was caught by Marcus Trescothick at slip for 20 and, three balls later, new batsman Jade Dernbach was well caught at deep square leg by Thomas running to his right.

Chasing 133 for victory, Somerset lost Chris Jones, who was bowled by Dernbach shouldering arms with the total on 15. Trescothick showed his intention when he played two expansive cover drives off Tremlett. But on 25 he was caught at cover by Rory Burns looking to drive Dernbach.

Compton was joined by Hildreth and it was Compton who brought up the Somerset fifty with a single off Meaker. The third-wicket pair added 34 runs when Compton played Meaker to deep backward point, where Ansari fielded and threw to the keeper who ran Compton out while he went for a second run.

Hildreth was joined by Kieswetter who brought up the hundred with a single to cover off Ansari before dispatching Dernbach over the mid-wicket boundary as Somerset closed in on victory. Kieswetter repeated the exercise off Dernbach's next over, followed shortly after with a four.

The fourth-wicket pair remained together to see Somerset to 133 off 23.4 overs, by which time Hildreth had moved onto 36 and Kieswetter 34.

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  • John on September 16, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    @Siltbreeze - I think Somerset will do all within reason to keep Jos. My feelings are that his head has been turned already and in that case there's not much Somerset can do. I wonder if we'll get to football territory re when a player wants to leave there's not much a club can do to keep them?

  • Martin on September 15, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Have to say I'm not at all relaxed about Jos leaving - he's the biggest talent to come through the Somerset system in years, and although I'd be very surprised if he made the England Test team next year, when he does I want it to be as a Somerset player.

  • Mark on September 15, 2013, 17:33 GMT

    @JG2704 No one can legislate for sides having a run of results like that. If they do and manage to stay up (and, as I said, only two maximum point wins for Surrey would be a problem for Somerset - when they have just one win all season), one just has to accept that they were too good when it counted.

    At the start of the season my tips on DCF were Derbyshire and Surrey to go down and Lancashire and Worcestershire to come up, with Gloucs as dark horses. I have three out of four and Gloucs are still, just about, in with a chance of promotion, so I can claim 4 out of 5 on the predictions. I'd love to see Gloucs come up and join you next season, but it would be one year too early. Essex have a better chance of pipping Northants which, after their early season travails would be almost miraculous, but I can't see any of the three who could join Lancashire staying in Division 1 next year... it's been a mediocre Division 2 this year and they will be easy meat for the big boys.

  • John on September 15, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer -Yes , I'm much more relaxed about us staying up now. Obviously Surrey could win both their games and Derbyshire win their final game but they have to rely on a big upsurge in form and the weather

    @Paul_Somerset - Do you think Jos is next in line to keep for Eng's test team now - even if they drop Prior? It could happen but I'd say the other JB was next in line although Eng have picked shorter fmt players for tests before. I'm wondering if (presuming no major surprises and we stay up) we may still be able to keep hold of Jos. I wish someone close to him could say to him that the grass isn't likely to be greener elsewhere and he could be persuaded to stay

  • Mark on September 15, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    @JG2704 Surrey cannot escape with two maximum point draws. With a maximum point win and draw Notts still only need 6 points to send them down. Effectively, Surrey need to win both games and hope that other results go in their favour. With 2, 22 point wins, Somerset would stay ahead with a 10 point draw and Notts with 15 points from their last two games. Similar equation for Derbyshire: they can only get up to 144 even with a maximum points win.

    So, Somerset and Nottinghamshire are *ONLY* in danger if Derbyshire and Surrey win all their remaining games and, even then, would only need respectable draws to survive. For Somerset, 300 inside 110 overs in their last game and they are almost safe, barring defeat.

  • Dummy4 on September 15, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    What about the captaincy? Should it be changed hands for omeone mre arrgant and better insight and hindsight? Do we have any players that have natural leadership abilities? Someone like Brearley or Illingeorth? Someone of that ilk?

  • Paul on September 15, 2013, 8:23 GMT

    Kieswetter's half step forward to Dernbach and subsequent head-high catapult over mid-on for 6 was the shot of the season for me.

    I'm relaxed about losing Buttler. If Prior's loss of form continues through the winter, I don 't think Buttler will be playing much County cricket at all next year.

    I know what you mean about Jones and Barrow, Dave, but I would have said the same about Meschede and Gregory 12 months ago and they've blossomed no end after exposure to the tough times. I think there have been signs in the last couple of games that Zum may see similar dividends from Jones and Barrow next year.

    And don't forget there'll be BOTH Overtons as well as the likes of Jack Leach and possibly Tom Abell.

    It's so important that the club avoids relegation. Division 2 is littered with non-Test counties who now look stuck there for ever, e.g. Hants, Essex, Kent. I think yesterday's win might have been not far off the most important in Somerset's history.

  • John on September 15, 2013, 7:54 GMT

    @Dave Brownon (September 14, 2013, 18:07 GMT) Would you not say we could do with bringing in an overseas batsman to add quality to the side. You have said yourself that you don't rate Jones and Barrow and from the stats and reports I've seen/read our younger bowlers are showing much more potential. Even when (IF he stays) Jos is available you'd either have to move Meschede/Trego up the order or bring in Barrow or Jones. I definitely would say that the batting needs strengthening above the bowling

  • John on September 14, 2013, 20:44 GMT

    Well Somerset aren't safe yet but there are alot of permetations which must go for Surrey for them to overtake us from here. Seemed like a team effort with a bit of entertainment from Craig in T20 mode in the 2nd inns. Look forward to other comms on the game

  • Dummy4 on September 14, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    Fantastic win for the boys. Should be safe now, especially if we get at least a draw against Notts. Might even push on against them and have a really positive and strong finish to the season. The only question I have is why it has taken us so long to do this? I think we need to secure Jos, bring in another batsman (sorry still not convinced by Jones and Barrow) and a season long overseas bowler (spent to much time chopping and changing with overseas players in the last few years) to supplement the young quick's we have. Someone like Yasir Arafat who we had for the 20/20. I would rather consistency than big names who don't turn up. Hussain is definitely going and I think he should be joined by Kirby: a loyal servant who has done well for us but I think it is time to focus on the young bowlers we have. I would keep Thomas for one more season to be the experienced head. Tes, New bat, Comp, Hildy, Kies, Buttler, Trego, Mesch, Yasir, Overton and Dockrell

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