Surrey wins by 10 wickets thanks to Clark’s 4 for 36.

Clark's 4 for 36 helps set up 10-wicket victory for Surrey

Craig Overton’s fifties, according to James Rew, simply delayed the inevitable for Somerset.

Surrey wins by 10 wickets thanks to Clark's 4 for 36.
Jordan Clark celebrates a wicket.

Surrey 368 (Latham 99, Jacks 99, Henry 6-80) were defeated by 29 for 0. Somerset won by 10 wickets,

Surrey 368 (Latham 99, Jacks 99, Henry 6-80) were defeated by 29 for 0. Somerset won by 10 wickets, scoring 170 (Kohler-Cadmore 59, Lawes 4-41) and 226 (C. Overton 70*, Rew 55, Clark 4-36).

Jordan Clark took four wickets as Surrey extended their lead at the top of the First Division standings with a three-day LV= Insurance County Championship triumph against Somerset at Taunton.

The hosts began their second innings down by 198 runs at the start of play and were bowled out for 226, with Clark claiming 4 for 36 to help set up a ten-wicket triumph.

At the age of 19, James Rew became the first player in Division One to reach 1,000 runs for the season, while Craig Overton smashed five sixes in a gutsy 70 not out. Surrey, on the other hand, needed only 29 runs to reach their target in 8.3 overs.

Somerset took only three points from the game after two shaky batting attempts, while their opponents took 22 to keep a comfortable lead over their nearest rivals, Essex.

The morning session was cut short after only four balls were bowled due to rain. Somerset’s chances of getting back into the game vanished when play restarted at 12.10 p.m., thanks to some dreadful top-order batting.

Sean Dickson had previously escaped a chance at third slip when he edged to first slip in the same Clark over, the fourth of the innings, where Dom Sibley made no mistake.

Will Jacks held a low two-handed catch four overs later after Tom Lammonby swished at a wide ball from Clark that he might have left.

George Bartlett was 23 for 3 when he shoulder-arms a Clark delivery that slammed into his pads on the off stump, and he was LBW.

Kohler-Cadmore directed a fine catch off Dan Worrall to Jamie Overton at backward point with only five runs added.

Clark concluded his first spell with 3 for 15 from six overs. But, with sound shot selection, Tom Abell placed a blameless pitch in perspective, and by lunch, which was taken at 46 for 4, the Somerset skipper had struck four boundaries and moved to 27.

Rew, who had taken 32 balls to get off the mark in the first inning, showed patience that his more experienced teammates lacked and had still to open his account after facing ten deliveries.

Rew and Abell advanced their partnership to 64 with few alarms in the afternoon session, with the prolific teenager hitting a four-figure run tally for the summer when moving to 21 with a single to cover off Worrall.

But Clark returned at the Marcus Trescothick Pavilion End to pin Abell’s leg before for 46 with a yorker, and Somerset still needed 106 to force Surrey to bat again at 92 for 5.

As his team proceeded to gift wickets with injudicious strokes, Kasey Aldridge edged a short, wide ball from Tom Lawes to third slip, where Jacks took a brilliant diving catch.

Rew was an exception, content to quietly accumulate without resorting to spectacular strokes until, with his score at 31, he neatly lifted a ball from Lawes over deep backward square for six.

Ben Green was caught behind while attempting to drive a full-length delivery from Jamie Overton to make it 130 for 7, before Rew hit fifty for the seventh time this season, off 96 balls, with four fours and a six.

The unflappable teenage wicketkeeper, who will be 20 in January, had converted five of his previous half-centuries into hundreds, including a best score of 221 against Hampshire at Taunton.

Somerset were 139 for 7 at tea, still trailing by 59 runs. They had only gained six runs when Rew top-edged a draw shot off Gus Atkinson and skied a catch to fine leg, possibly believing he was running out of partners. In another mature performance, he faced 106 balls.

The finish appeared to be near when Atkinson immediately sent back Matt Henry, LBW, to a Yorker. Craig Overton, on the other hand, launched a ferocious attack with strong pulls and drives, taking 20 off an Atkinson over and dominating a last-wicket partnership of 77 in 13 overs with Shoaib Bashir.

It simply postponed the inevitable, and Surrey won at 6.15 p.m., with openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley completing the job.


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