THE chance of Somerset forcing an unlikely victory in their penultimate County Championship Division One match of the season appear to rest in the hands of batsmen Steven Davies, Pete Trego and skipper Tom Abell along with his bowling attack.
With bad light stopping play going into the final session of day three, The Cidermen were still 51 runs adrift of hosts Surrey with six second wickets standing.
Their cause hadn’t been helped by former Sri Lankan test star Kumar Sangakkara who was eventually dismissed for a superb 157 while Rikki Clarke followed up his fine form with the ball with a round 50 as the hosts closed with an imposing first innings lead of 164.
Much rested on the experienced shoulders of opener Marcus Trescothick if Somerset were to have a hope of setting Surrey a sizeable total to chase on the last day but he fell for just 1 and it was Eddie Byrom who stayed firm as the they slumped to 98 for 4.
Skipper Abell (11*), Davies (15*) and the middle and lower order certainly have their work cut out if they are going to give spinner twins Jack Leach and Dom Bess a total to defend tomorrow.
Score (as at 4pm today – bad light stopped play): Surrey 1st Inns 433 Somerset 269 all out & 113 for 4.