Kartik leaves previous employers in a spin
Murali Kartik returned to haunt his former club as Surrey secured a narrow first-innings lead in their LV= County Championship Division One match against Somerset at Taunton.
Kartik and Stuart Meaker claimed four wickets apiece as Somerset were dismissed for 294 - despite James Hildreth compiling 85 and Peter Trego 92 - having resumed on 42 for two following a washout yesterday.
The visitors then further bolstered their position by comfortably reaching 58 without loss and, in the process, extending their lead to 81.
Play began 40 minutes late due to a wet outfield, after which Hildreth and Chris Jones batted through the opening session to take the score to 151.
Yet Kartik then struck three times early in the afternoon, earning successful lbw verdicts against Hildreth, Jones and Jos Buttler.
The left-arm spinner was then involved in a controversial dismissal as he ran out Alex Barrow backing up, with Surrey skipper Gareth Batty opting not to call back the batsman after being offered the opportunity by umpire Peter Hartley.
Trego responded impressively, striking two sixes off Kartik and 13 fours in a typically aggressive 92, from just 110 deliveries.
But Kartik completed his haul of wickets by trapping Alfonso Thomas in front, while Meaker had George Dockrell and Steve Kirby caught behind either side of bowling Trego, who fell agonisingly short of three figures.
Surrey openers Rory Burns and Zafar Ansari then batted with authority in the evening session to further strengthen the visitors’ position; the former was unbeaten on 37 and the latter 21.
The visitors will be hoping to find a way to emerge victorious tomorrow as they look to stave off the threat of being relegated to the second tier.