County cricket – as it happened

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摘要:Morning all 10.15am: Welcome to the county cricket live blog for second day's play of the latest round of Championship action. Our writers will be here with updates shortly. Richard Latham is at Taunt

Morning all

10.15am: Welcome to the county cricket live blog for second day's play of the latest round of Championship action. Our writers will be here with updates shortly. Richard Latham is at Taunton for Somerset v Durham and Brian Halford is at The Oval for Surrey v Warwickshire.

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11.08am: Good morning, says a cheery Richard Latham, from what surprisingly is an overcast Taunton where Somerset have just resumed on 357-8, still 27 behind Durham's first innings total of 384. The visitors have taken the second new ball straight away and Somerset's hopes of a lead and maximum batting points rest largely with Peter Trego, 67 not out. Jamie Harrison, who impressed on his Championship debut yesterday, has opened the attack for Durham in the best bowling conditions of the match so far. Trego has just scored the first runs of the day, two to fine leg, followed by a confident drive through mid-on for three. Somerset 362-8 after 85 overs.

11.53am: Somerset have declared on 400-9, with maximum batting points and a first innings lead of 16, writes Richard Latham. James Hidlreth's decision was probably based on current weather conditions, which may see the ball swing as it is sultry and overcast.

Second day honours so far with the home side, with Trego advancing from 67 to 89 before losing his middle stump to Harrison, whose Championship bow has brought figures of 4-112. George Dockrell and Jamie Overton gathered the final 11 runs from 389-9 and Somerset will take the field in high spirits.

11.55am: Morning, writes Brian Halford at The Oval. Warwickshire are 137 for 2 and being made to work hard for runs by accurate bowling from Dernbach and Batty. The latter struck the first blow of the morning when Porterfield drove and, not quite to the pitch of the ball, edged to Maynard at slip.

There's more shrill backdrop of chatter from hundreds of youngsters today, the more perceptive of whom no doubt just observed that, although Chopra has 72, it appeared unnecessarily risky of him, in the match circumstances, to attempt the reverse-sweep which he has just been fortunate to get away with against Batty.

12.25pm: Surrey fighting back hard as they take three for 13 in eight overs to reduce Warwickshire to 144 for 4, reports Brian Halford.

Troughton's lean streak goes on when he plays on to Meaker for three and then Chopra, not so fluent this morning, is beaten in the flight by Batty and bowled for 78.

Two new batsmen (Maddy and Ambrose) in. Still 79 behind. Game on.

1.09pm: Brian Halford again from The Oval. Warwickshire go into lunch on the second day on 182 for 4, 41 behind, after a fascinating morning's cricket. Surrey have bowled much better today. At 144 for 4, the game was finely balanced, but a gritty unbroken stand of 38 between Ambrose and Maddy has tilted it just the visitors' way again.

There's been quite a bit of edge to this game. Warwickshire were annoyed when Lewis did not walk yesterday when they thought he was caught at cover. On 6 at the time, he went on to second top-score with 37.

Again this morning, there have been a few words exchanged. Nothing ugly, but there's definitely some passion out there. Good cricket.

1.29pm: Lunch at Taunton with Durham 59-1 from 19 overs and 43 ahead, writes Richard Latham. Michael Di Venuto has fallen to Jamie Overton for 26 and it's a closer contest between bat and ball with the cloud cover helping the home attack.

First innings centurion Will Smith is unbeaten on 20, but no batsman has looked entirely comfortable. With the pitch still playing well, Durham will need a big score before setting Somerset any kind of last day target.

Just spoken to a very relaxed Steve Harmison, who says he is enjoying every minute of his return to Championship action, even though he could have chosen a more hospitable ground for bowlers.

2.15pm: Warwickshire are 195 for 5 at The Oval after Meaker struck quickly after lunch, trapping Maddy lbw for 15. Meaker and Ambrose are having a great battle, writes Brian Halford. The batsman has dug out a couple of rapid yorkers and also edged just short of slip. Batty has been wheeling away all day at the Pavilion End.

There is no pressure in the job of cricket reporter, of course. Nurses, surgeons, miners – they know pressure. But I've experienced the nearest we get to it this afternoon – being trapped behind 47 million milling children on the way round to the other side of the ground when you know the gannets of the press-box are descending on your lunch.

3.22pm: 3.22pm: Durham lost three wickets on the same score, plunging from 69-1 to 69-4, writes Richard Latham. All three were slip catches, by James Hildreth at first to dismiss Mark Stoneman for 13 off Craig Overton, Alex Barrow at third to send back Ben Stokes for a fourth ball duck, also off Overton, and Peter Trego at second to account for Will Smith, on 22, off Alfonso Thomas.

And things did not get any better... Durham now 131-7.

3.25pm: Tea: Warwickshire all out for 247 after Batty ends a 10-wicket stand of 34 between Woakes and Wright by having the latter caught at short leg for 15, adds Brian Halford at The Oval.

The former Worcestershire spinner ends with 6 for 72 in a fine fightback by Surrey. Warwickshire's last nine wickets fell for 116. They lead by 24.

3.42pm: George Dockrell swung the game Somerset's way in dramatic fashion, removing Ian Blackwell, Phil Mustard, Liam Plunkett and Callum Thorp, all with the score on 131, writes Richard Latham. The 19-year-old Irishman took four wickets for no runs in the space of 10 balls, spinning the ball out of the rough.

Paul Collingwood, dropped in moving to 19, looked on bewildered at the other end for a while, but now he has gone for 32. Durham in big trouble.

3.57pm: Surrey off to a flyer in the second innings at The Oval, 25 for 0 from 4 overs, reports Brian Halford. Back in front. Though Batty took six wickets, a big factor in Surrey's fightback was an excellent post-lunch spell from Meaker at the Vauxhall End. It brought him only one wicket but forced

Warwickshire right on to the defensive, allowing Batty to dictate. Meaker
deserved more than 2 for 39 but then that happens to bowlers. When I played for Stoneleigh against Rugby Oakfield in 1985 I had them in all sorts of trouble and an all-10 would have been appropriate yet I ended up with 10-0-75-0. It can be a cruel game.

4.08pm: Tea at Taunton with Durham 167 all out, writes Richard Latham. George Dockrell finished with 6-29 from 11.4 overs, his last victim being Jamie Harrison, caught at point for 20.

Somerset require 152 to win and must be strong favourites with the sun beating down. But Dockrell extracted some turn out of the rough that will interest Ian Blackwell. It's not quite all over yet, but it might well be by the end of play today as there are 35 overs remaining.

4.36pm: By the way, asks Richard Latham, can anyone out there reveal who were the last twins to play in the same Somerset team before the Overtons?

I thought it was Keith and Kevin Parsons, who were on the playing staff together between 1992 and 1994, but Keith has now informed me they never appeared in a first team fixture together. Out with the history books please.

4.36pm: Surrey 76 for 1, writes Brian Halford, with Roy 46 not out and unloading some heavy shots, notably from Patel's third ball which was dispatched into the pavilion.

Surrey are dominating this day as much as Warwickshire dominated yesterday. Championship leaders under pressure in the searing heat at The Oval.

4.48pm: Durham look like making a fight of it, says Richard Latham. Somerset are 17-2, with Alex Barrow and Nick Compton gone, and need a further 135. Barrow was lbw first ball to Jamie Harrison, while Compton had made only eight when caught at slip trying to sweep Ian Blackwell.

That left him 59 short of 1,000 first class runs before the end of May, with probably only one more Championship innings on the first two days of the game at Worcester next week to achieve the milestone. Blackwell holds the key to the outcome because the ball is turning. Somerset captain James Hildreth has joined Arul Suppiah looking to steady the ship.

4.49pm: And here's Brian Halford with the latest from Surrey too. The hosts are 93 for 1, Roy 51, De Bruyn 16 and batting is suddenly looking as comfortable as we all thought it would be all along.

Steven Davies walked, by the way. In a match of sporadic ill-temper which has not made life easy for the umpires, well done to the Surrey keeper.

Frank Field would have heartily approved.

5.26pm: Surrey are 109 for 4 - 85 in front - as this enthralling game lurches back Warwickshire's way, reports Brian Halford.

Roy's muscular 71 ended when he clipped Clarke to Maddy at mid-wicket and Hamilton-Brown then edge a cut at Patel to fall for 1, his first second-innings failure of the season.

Pitch turning. Surrey will feel happy if they can set Warwickshire 250.

6.01pm: Steve Harmison has struck at Taunton, but it may be too late for Durham, writes Richard Latham. Hildreth and Suppiah added 83 for the third wicket before Hildreth, on 31, hit a catch to mid-wicket as a Harmison bouncer got big on him. Suppiah has played beautifully for a 72-ball half-century including three sixes and five fours. He is currently 55 not out and at 102 for three, Somerset need only another 50.

6.22pm: Surrey close the second day at The Oval on 144 for four, 120 in front, after Rudolph and Maynard saw out the closing overs to keep the home side just ascendant, writes Brian Halford.

Impossible to predict which way this gripping match will swing from here. Two half-century stands tomorrow will leave Surrey confident though Warwickshire will expect to bat much better second time round.

6.32pm: Craig Kieswetter has just ended the game with a huge six over mid-wicket off Will Smith, rounds off Richard Latham at Taunton.

Somerset win by five wickets and take 24 points to Durham's seven. Suppiah eventually fell for 73, including four sixes, and was chiefly responsible for easing home nerves.

Another bad day in what is proving a tough Championship season for Durham, whose afternoon batting collapse to Dockrell settled the outcome.