Petersen ton helps Somerset dominate day 1 – County Championship Division 1 - Cricket News Update

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Petersen ton helps Somerset dominate day 1 – County Championship Division 1 - Cricket News Update
A composed century from South African overseas player, dominate the opening day of their County Championship Division One Match against Surrey, played at the Oval.
On his debut, Petersen again showed his Test credentials as he made easy work of a Surrey bowling line-up, which included only two specialist fast bowlers in Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker, despite the availability of the now fit Chris Tremlett, and Jon
Lewis., however,
had to rely on the prowess of Dernbach, who was the team’s main provider on a lacklustre opening day.
The England International picked four scalps, which included the prized ones of Nick Compton and Jos However, failure to get adequate support meant that Petersen ran the show and helped his side notch up 344 for 8 at the end of days play. That allowed
the away side to claim precious batting points and further cement their authority on the proceedings.
Most of the Somerset batters got starts but failed to kick-on apart from Petersen. Nonetheless, the highlight of the day remained the partnership between the  Proteas opener and Both men added 143 for the fourth
wicket, before the latter was stumped off for 43.
Following their stand, wickets continued to tumble at regular interval, which saw was not given a reprieve early on his innings.
Following the conclusion of the day’s play, Petersen talked about the high-quality nature of the English’s premier domestic competition, and further praised the efforts of Dernbach.
"Playing county cricket is as close as you can get to playing Test cricket at domestic level," Petersen said afterwards. "So I'm very happy with the way I batted. I think we're slightly ahead as the pitch is quite dry and it may turn and bounce unevenly
towards the end.
"Dernbach bowled very well. The pitch is slow so he couldn't really use his bouncer, but he still bowled with good pace, he moved it both ways and he has a beautiful slower ball. He tried really hard, too."
Dernbach also spoke about the difficult times he and the team faced following the death of close friend Tom Maynard. However, he  is now focused to help Surrey perform on the pitch.
"Last year was difficult, but the people here have looked after me. I want to be here until the end of my career. I'm a Surrey player through and through, " the pacer said.
The home side will be hoping to take the final two wickets when play resumes for day 2.  



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