Davies ton helps Surrey take charge at Leicestershire

LV County Championship Division Two, Grace Road
Close of play, day two: Leicestershire 167 and 66-2, Surrey 343
Leicestershire 3 pts, Surrey 6pts
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Steven Davies
Surrey opener Steven Davies was 54 not out overnight at Grace Road

Steven Davies's century helped Surrey build a decent first-innings lead over Leicestershire on day two of their Division One match at Grace Road.

The England one-day international made 121 as Surrey were bowled out for 343, 176 runs ahead.

Davies put on a partnership of 82 with Jason Roy (46) before being caught by debutant Rob Taylor off Leicestershire spinner Claude Henderson.

The hosts ended day two still 110 runs behind on 66-2.

Despite Leicestershire having struggled so far Taylor has had a memorable county debut, having hit 70 runs in his inaugural Championship innings.

Teenager Shriv Thakor also impressed for the hosts, claiming 3-53 on his Championship debut.

Davies' century was the wicketkeeper's first of the season and he took two catches as Leicestershire were left struggling at the close.


BBC London 94.9's Mark Church:

"Surrey are in an excellent position after Steven Davies, with his first hundred of the summer, enabled them to post a lead of 176.

"It was a very good effort from Davies who really got his head down and played the piviotal role for the visitors.

"Tim Linley then had Matthew Boyce caught behind for the second time in the game and, just before stumps, a lovely piece of bowling from Gareth Batty saw the end of Greg Smith."