County Championship: Gareth Batty takes 7-32 as wickets tumble at Taunton

Gareth Batty
Gareth Batty played the last of his seven Test matches for England in 2005
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Cooper Associates County Ground
Somerset v Surrey, day two
Surrey 264 & 94-6: Leach 3-37
Somerset 102: Batty 7-32
Surrey lead by 256 runs
Surrey 5 pts, Somerset 3 pts
Match scorecard

Surrey captain Gareth Batty took 7-32 before Somerset responded strongly as 18 wickets fell on day two of their Division One fixture at Taunton.

The visitors added 28 to their overnight total as they were bowled out for 264 in their first innings.

Somerset got to 46-0 in reply before veteran spinner Batty ripped through their batting order as the hosts collapsed to 102 all out.

However, Jack Leach (3-37) helped reduce Surrey to 94-6 at the close.

Having decided against enforcing the follow-on, Surrey crumbled to 51-6 before Zafar Ansari (26 not out) guided them through to a lead of 256 runs at the close.

Marcus Trescothick and Tom Abell gave Somerset a solid foundation to their first innings, but the home side's batting line-up fell apart once the pair had departed in successive overs.

Batty, ably supported by pace bowler Stuart Meaker (3-39), took all 10 wickets between them for just 56 runs.

But slow-left-armer Leach, who took 4-34 in Surrey's first innings, kept Somerset in with a chance of forcing a victory with three more wickets when Surrey batted for a second time.

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