LV County Championship - Division One
Whitgift School - Day Four
Surrey 326 (S A Newman 84, J G E Benning 69, J N Batty 58 no) & 227 (S A Newman 91, I D Blackwell 4-74) v Somerset 446 (I D Blackwell 158, J L Langer 112, J W Dernbach 6-72) & 111-2
Somerset (22pts) beat Surrey (6pts) by 8 wkts
Somerset moved to the top of the Division One table courtesy of an emphatic eight-wicket win over Surrey at Whitgift School.
Marcus Trescothick hit 42 to rush the visitors to victory shortly after lunch on the final day of the LV County Championship fixture.
Justin Langer also weighed in with a quick-fire 46 that included six fours and two sixes, as Somerset coasted to their target of 108 in just 58 minutes and for the loss of just two wickets.
Surrey had resumed in the morning on 172-7 needing their tail to wag if they were to have any chance of staving off the threat of defeat.
Australian Matt Nicholson did his best, making an unbeaten 30 from 76 balls before running out of partners, the hosts eventually being bowled out for 227.
Ian Blackwell picked up the first wicket of the day when he dismissed Saqlain Mushtaq for 12 before Charl Willoughby wrapped up the innings, bowling Jade Dernbach and then getting Pedro Collins caught at mid-off.
An inspirational day with bat and ball from all-rounder Ian Blackwell put Somerset in complete control of their Division One clash with Surrey at Whitgift School.
Resuming the third day unbeaten on 104, the former England international made another 54 runs before finishing the day with figures of 3-49 to leave the hosts reeling at 172-7.
Scott Newman was once again Surrey's saviour with the bat as he made a patient 91, however, the hosts have accumulated a mere 52-run lead with only three wickets remaining.
Earlier Somerset piled the pressure on their opponents by amassing a first innings lead of 120 thanks to centuries from Justin Langer (112) and a powerful 158 from Blackwell.
The Cidermen's lead could have been greater had it not been for a fine individual display from Surrey paceman Jade Dernbach who finished with figures of 6-72.
The hosts' second innings started with an opening partnership of 69 between Newman and Matthew Spriegel, however the latter then perished to Blackwell for 20.
Mark Ramprakash (15) and Usman Afzaal (4) then fell cheaply to Ben Phillips and Blackwell respectively before Surrey were dealt an even bigger blow as Newman was dismissed by Steffan Jones nine runs short of a 12th first class century.
A middle-order collapse then ensued as 165-4 soon became 168-7 after James Benning (9), Jonathan Batty (20) and captain Mark Butcher (2) all fell in quick succession.
Centuries from Justin Langer and Ian Blackwell helped put Somerset on top against Surrey on day two at Whitgift School.
The pair shared an unbroken stand of 200 after Surrey were dismissed for 326 on the second morning.
Somerset had earlier looked in trouble at 73-3, but they closed on a potentially match-winning 335-4.
Langer (111 not out) was dropped on nought by Mark Butcher and went on to score his 83rd first-class century from 141 balls with twelve fours and a six.
All-rounder Blackwell (104 not out) was also dropped - at slip while on 76 - but completed his century from 111 balls with eight fours and three huge sixes as Somerset reached stumps with a lead of nine runs.
Earlier, Jonathan Batty completed his second successive fifty finishing with an undefeated 58 after almost four hours at the crease, facing 186 balls with eight fours but Surrey picked up just three batting points.
Opening batsman Scott Newman starred with the bat as his 84 helped Surrey to a respectable 280-7 on day one against Somerset at Whitgift School.
James Benning also made a brisk 69 for the hosts who recovered well after losing the wickets of key men Mark Ramprakash (17) and Mark Butcher (2).
Somerset captain Justin Langer's decision to bowl after winning the toss looked a bold one but Ben Phillips dismissed opener Matthew Spriegel for 22, and Charl Willoughby removed Ramprakash the visitors took command.
The champagne is still well and truly on ice for Ramprakash who will have to wait a little longer before registering his 100th century after he was beaten by a superb delivery from the South African and compatriot Craig Kieswetter took the catch.
Newman eventually fell for his highest score of the season after he was trapped in front by Alfonso Thomas as Surrey lost their fifth wicket of the day.
A sixth-wicket stand of 93 between Benning and Jonathan Batty took the hosts past 200 before the big-hitting all-rounder was stumped after advancing down the track to Ian Blackwell.
All-rounder Matt Nicholson holed out to a superb catch by Thomas at square leg after a quick fire 36 to leave Surrey on 277-7 and another three runs were added before bad light brought play to an abrupt end.