Davies helps Surrey cling on
Somerset continued to dictate terms on day two of their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Surrey at the Kia Oval.
The hosts closed on 286 for six in response to Somerset’s imposing 512 for nine declared. Surrey, who need another 77 to avoid the follow-on, were indebted to a third-wicket partnership of 122 in 29 overs between Steven Davies, who made 104, and Zander de Bruyn.
De Bruyn was dismissed for 52, with Tom Maynard’s unbeaten 63 giving Surrey hope.
Resuming on 441 for five, Somerset lost Peter Trego for 21 to a routine catch at second slip off the second ball of the day.
Three further wickets fell in the space of nine deliveries to make it 474 for nine. George Dockrell nibbled at Jon Lewis to fall for 11 and the veteran seamer struck again five balls later when Craig Meschede edged to first slip.
Vernon Philander was next, caught behind off Stuart Meaker, but then the Overton twins, Craig and Jamie, frustrated their hosts with an unbeaten last-wicket stand.
Jamie Overton, who was dropped in the slips on nine, took the visitors past the 500-mark with the first of two successive leg-side fours and finished 34 not out.
After the declaration he then marked his first-class debut with the scalp of Jacques Rudolph, who saw his leg stump fly out the ground after Surrey were given 20 minutes to negotiate before lunch.
The hosts continued to rattle along at six an over after the interval until Jason Roy fell to a superb catch by Meschede at deep square-leg, after skying a pull shot off Philander.
Three overs later, Davies moved to a run-a-ball half-century. The Surrey wicketkeeper-batsman was dropped on 74 when, in an effort to take a catch at deep midwicket, Jamie Overton carried the ball over the rope for six.
Davies went to 98 with another maximum off Dockrell and brought up his first hundred of the season, which came off 113 deliveries and included 11 fours and two sixes, three overs later.
De Bruyn moved to his fifty, off 74 balls. But, immediately after tea, Dockrell found some extra bounce to spark a collapse that saw Surrey slide from 188 for two to 227 for six.
De Bruyn perished to a catch at first slip off Philander, who picked up a third wicket when Rory Hamilton-Brown attempted to work to leg; the Surrey skipper going for a duck.
With Chris Jordan, who got off the mark with a pull for six, picking out Philander at deep backward square-leg off Trego, it was left to Maynard and Gareth Batty to ensure there were no further mishaps.