CricInfo Championship: Surrey v Somerset at The Oval, 6-9 Jun 2001
Andy Jalil

Somerset 1st innings: Day One: Lunch, Day One: Tea,


LATHWELL AND BOWLER REVIVE SOMERSET

With an unbroken century stand, during which Mark Lathwell and Peter Bowler both reached their half-centuries, Somerset were able to revive their innings which had been reduced to 74 for three shortly before lunch.

Lathwell, dropped on 20 and later on 64 from a difficult low chance offered to mid-on off an Ian Salisbury full toss, played his shots freely while Bowler was more cautious. They were, however, neck and neck in their rate of scoring until after the Somerset hundred came up. Lathwell then forged ahead and reached his half-century off 79 balls with two consecutive boundaries off Salisbury, the first at extra cover and the next to mid-wicket.

Bowler needed 133 balls for his fifty but by tea, on 61, he had almost caught up with Lathwell who was 65 and Somerset were more happily placed on 199 for three.

Earlier, Somerset, having decided to bat first at the Oval, were shaping well at 46 without loss when Surrey removed both opening batsmen in a space of three balls.

Piran Holloway, who has been in fine form in the CricInfo championship with an aggregate of 436 which includes four half-centuries in four matches, opened his account with a square-cut for four and followed it with another boundary to backward square-leg in the same over. He then faced 26 balls before his next run, which came from another boundary.

Surrey's first bowling change produced a wicket, when in his first over, leg-spinner Ian Salisbury had Holloway caught at first slip from a forward prod. In the next over, with the total still on 46, Martin Bicknell, with an outswinger, dismissed Jamie Cox for 26 which included five boundaries. Again, the catch was taken at first slip, this time by Mark Butcher.

After a ten-minute stoppage for rain, Somerset's third wicket fell on 74. Nadeem Shahid, at mid-on took a fine catch from a mistimed pull by Michael Burns. It was Adam Hollioake's first over and Burns had made 20.



SOMERSET LET SLIP GOOD START AGAINST SURREY

Somerset, having decided to bat first at the Oval, were shaping well with 46 without loss when Surrey removed both opening batsmen in a space of three balls.

Piran Holloway, who has been in fine form in the CricInfo Championship with an aggregate of 436, including four half-centuries in four matches, opened his account with a square-cut for four and followed it with another boundary to backward square-leg in the same over. He then faced 26 balls before his next run, which came from another boundary.

Surrey's first bowling change produced a wicket, when in his first over, leg-spinner Ian Salisbury had Holloway caught at first slip from a forward prod. In the next over, with the total still on 46, Martin Bicknell, with an outswinger, dismissed Jamie Cox for 26 which included five boundaries. Again, the catch was taken at first slip, and again by Mark Butcher.

After a ten-minute stoppage for rain, Somerset's third wicket fell on 74. Nadeem Shahid, at mid-on, took a fine catch from a mistimed pull by Michael Burns. It was Adam Hollioake's first over and Burns had made 20.

At lunch Somerset were 76 for three.

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Date-stamped : 07 Jun2001 - 10:28