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Smith outshone by compatriot in drawn match

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CENTURIES from Rory Burns and Steve Davies saw Surrey earn a draw from their opening LV> County Championship Division One fixture of the 2013 season.

New captain Graeme Smith made his Surrey debut in the clash with Somerset at the Kia Oval, but he was somewhat outshone by the form of his fellow countryman Alviro Peterson, who struck a fantastic 258 runs during the match on his debut for Somerset.

He was the star of the first innings as his 255-ball knock of 167 steered Somerset towards a decent total of 384, having won the toss and deciding to bat.

Jade Dernbach took 5-57 as the pick of the Surrey bowlers, with Stuart Meaker and Gareth Batty both taking two wickets each.

In reply, Smith fell for just two runs as Surrey slumped to 30-2, but a fine innings from fellow opener Burns held the top order together as he scored the hundrenth century for Surrey against Somerset.

Burns scored 115 from 285 balls, enjoying a magnificent 159 run fifth wicket stand with Davies, who himself shone with 22 boundaries on his way to 147 from 269 balls, helping Surrey to 366-9 before a declaration was made.

A great opening spell from Meaker on the fourth day threatened to open up the possibility of a Surrey run chase, but Peterson (91) and Jos Buttler (94) put paid to any hopes of a winning start for the Oval outfit.

However, Meaker did claim his 150th first-class wicket on his way to impressive figures of 5-60 as the two sides shook hands on a draw.


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