Meaker leads Surrey riposte

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Stuart Meaker took 5-42 as Surrey fought back against Somerset on day three of the LV= County Championship Division One clash at the Kia Oval.

When bad light intervened for the final time, with Somerset on 154 for seven, the visitors led by 278 with three wickets intact.

With the floodlights on and overhead conditions encouraging swing, Somerset slipped to 30 for three.

Arul Suppiah perished when a ball caught the edge of his defensive push and flew to wicketkeeper Steven Davies.

Alex Barrow was then undone by a lifting delivery which Gareth Batty pouched at first slip off Meaker, who struck again when James Hildreth edged behind.

Nick Compton and Craig Kieswetter met the crisis boldly by adding 92 for the fourth wicket.

Compton announced his arrival with cut fours off Jon Lewis and George Edwards.

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Stuart Meaker is mobbed after removing James Hildreth. The seamer's five-wicket haul ensured all results were possible heading into day four

Kieswetter’s response was to flick Edwards over backward square-leg for a flat six but with Meaker bowling with pace and precision, Somerset were prevented from fully reasserting their authority.

At tea the visitors led by 235 but Kieswetter departed for 43 shortly after the break, caught low down at mid-off from a ball that appeared to stop on him.

Six overs later Peter Trego, fluffing an attempted pull, presented Rory Hamilton-Brown with another catch in the same position.

Following a stoppage for bad light, Craig Meschede was beaten for pace by Meaker - and 147 for six became 147 for seven when Surrey picked up the key wicket of Compton, who was caught at midwicket off a top-edged pull.

Compton, who now has 869 first-class runs for the season, batted for three hours and faced 127 balls for his fifty.

Earlier, Surrey added 102 to their overnight score of 286 for six.

In the sixth over of the day, Tom Maynard lifted George Dockrell for a straight six before dispatching the Irishman through extra cover for four.

Jamie Overton struck in the second over with the new ball, trapping Batty leg before for 36 to bring the curtain down on a workmanlike seventh-wicket stand of 92 in 30 overs with Maynard.

Vernon Philander picked up his fourth wicket of the innings when Meaker, driving forcefully, was caught at first slip and Maynard departed for 89, caught at short midwicket off Trego.

Nine overs later, Lewis lost his middle stump to Dockrell’s left-arm spin having made an assured 42, giving the visitors a first-innings lead of 124.

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