Somerset in control, despite century from Davies
SOMERSET continued to dictate terms on day two of their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Surrey at the Oval.
The hosts closed on 286-6 in response to Somerset's 512-9 declared.
Surrey, who need another 77 to avoid the prospect of following on, were indebted to a third-wicket partnership of 122 in 29 overs between centurion Steven Davies (104) and Zander de Bruyn (52).
Resuming on 441-5, Somerset lost Peter Trego to a routine catch at second slip off the second ball of the day.
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Three further wickets fell in the space of nine deliveries to make it 474-9. George Dockrell was caught behind off Jon Lewis, and the former Gloucestershire seamer struck again five balls later when Craig Meschede edged to first slip.
Vernon Philander was next, caught behind off Stuart Meaker, but then the Overton twins, Craig and Jamie, frustrated their hosts with an unbeaten tenth-wicket stand.
Jamie Overton, dropped in the slips on nine, took the visitors past the 500-mark with the first of two successive leg-side boundaries and finished 34 not out.
After the declaration, he marked his first-class debut with the scalp of Jacques Rudolph, bowling the South African with only his fifth ball.
The hosts quickly settled into a scoring rate of six an over until Jason Roy (28) fell to a superb catch by Meschede at deep square leg after he skied a pull shot off Vernon Philander.
Three overs later, Davies moved to a run-a-ball half-century. The Surrey wicketkeeper was dropped on 74 when, in an effort to take a catch at deep midwicket, Jamie Overton carried the ball over the rope for six.
Davies went to 98 with another maximum off Dockrell and brought up his first hundred of the season, which came off 113 deliveries and included 11 fours and two sixes, three overs later.
De Bruyn moved to his fifty, off 74 balls, but immediately after tea lost his partner when Dockrell found some extra bounce to see off Davies.
That sparked a collapse that saw Surrey slide from 188-2 to 227-6.
De Bruyn perished to a catch at first slip off Philander, who took his third wicket when Rory Hamilton-Brown attempted to work to leg only to bag a duck. Chris Jordan got off the mark with a pull for six, but picked out Philander at deep-backward square off the bowling of Trego.