By Richard Walsh (Somerset CCC)
A big hundred from Cornishman Lewis Goldsworthy has put Somerset into a strong position in their ECB Under 17 three day County Championship semi-final match against Surrey at North Perrott.
With one more day remaining the visitors still need 183 runs for victory with seven second innings wickets remaining.
After being put into bat on the first day Somerset were bowled out for 76, in reply to which Surrey made 114, with paceman Nathan Gilchrist claiming six for 21 off his seven overs.
Goldsworthy, who hails from Camborne and plays his club cricket for Troon CC began his mammoth innings on Tuesday evening and by the close he had moved onto 39 not out.
On Wednesday the 17-year-old who bats right-handed and bowls slow left-arm orthodox added 97 with Jack Press who made 43 before he was out with the total on 106.
Goldsworthy then shared a partnership of 101 with skipper Sam Young who hit 39 before being dismissed at which point Somerset were 207 for three.
The Cornishman who is slight of build coped with everything that the Surrey attack could offer and remained calm and steadfast while at the other end wickets fell regularly.
Once he reached three figures he continued to accumulate his runs and stayed at the wicket until just after the tea interval before Goldsworthy was the ninth wicket to fall shorty after which Somerset were all out for 308.
Goldsworthy contributed 178 out of Somerset’s score his runs coming off 263 balls and included 24 fours.
Chasing a target of 271 for victory Surrey ended the day on 88 for three wickets from 30 overs, all of which fell to Gilchrist who ended the day with three for 31 from his 10.