LONDON (AFP) – Graeme Smith’s first innings as Surrey captain ended in disappointed as the South Africa star was dismissed for just two against Somerset at the Oval on Thursday.
Smith was forced to watch South African team-mate Alviro Petersen hit 167 after losing the toss on the opening day of the English County Championship First Division clash 24 hours earlier.
And the South Africa captain’s luck was out again as he was dismissed by Peter Trego off his third ball faced when he edged a wide delivery to James Hildreth in the slips.
Somerset’s innings had earlier moved from 344 for eight to 384 all out, Alfonso Thomas making 32 and England bowler Jade Dernbach completing a five-wicket haul.
Surrey reached lunch at 30 for two after Arun Harinath followed Smith back to the pavilion from the last ball of the session.
The 32-year-old Smith, who has previously had stints in county cricket with Hampshire and Somerset, is not the only star name in the Surrey squad.
England batsman Kevin Pietersen, currently sidelined due to injury, and former Australia captain Ricky Ponting, who arrives in June to cover for Smith during the ICC Champions Trophy, are also on the county’s books.