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Somerset edge to crucial victory

Highlights from Taunton, where Somerset eased to a seven-wicket victory that boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation

Somerset eased their relegation worries with a seven-wicket victory over Surrey in their relegation dog-fight at Taunton.

The visitors began the day by losing their remaining six wickets for the addition of 100 runs, four of which fell to Craig Meschede.

Subsequently requiring 133 to win, Somerset eased to their target in just 23.4 overs, James Hildreth and Craig Kieswetter ending unbeaten on 36 and 34 respectively to earn 21 valuable points.

Earlier, Steven Davies got off the mark with two boundaries in Meschede’s first over. However, the 21-year-old got his revenge when Davies edged an attempted cut to Nick Compton at gully for 11.

Meschede struck again in his next over, Zander de Bruyn edging behind to Kieswetter,

Gareth Batty and Zafar Ansari rebuilt thereafter, only for the latter to also feather behind for 14.

The introduction of Piyush Chawla was greeted with a six by Batty over long-on, a stroke he repeated two overs later.

The Surrey skipper had moved on to 37 when he pushed forward to Meschede and was caught at first slip by Hildreth.

Stuart Meaker and Chris Tremlett took the total to 197 before Chawla quickly wrapped up the tail.

Meaker was caught by Trescothick at slip for 20 and, three balls later, new batsman Jade Dernbach was well taken at deep square-leg by Thomas.

Somerset lost Chris Jones early in their run chase when he shouldered arms to Dernbach.

Trescothick showed his intent when playing two expansive cover drives off Tremlett but, on 25, was caught at cover by Rory Burns off Dernbach.

However, it mattered little as – after Nick Compton was run out for 24 by Ansari – Hildreth and Kieswetter held their nerve.

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