Offspinner bowls visitors out for 69 to hone his preparations for England series in August
Surrey 240 (Stoneman 67, Burns 50, Leach 6-43, van der Merwe 4-54) and 106 for 4 drew with Somerset 429 (Clark 3-75) and 69 (Ashwin 6-27, Moriarty 4-20)
Somerset did not enforce the follow on and Ashwin, who took just one wicket in 43 overs in the first innings, took the new ball at the pavilion end and quickly settled into a high-class spell. Although the pitch was slow, the ball turned sharply out of the footholds and Somerset’s batsmen found it hard going against a world-class operator.
Ashwin took his first wicket in his fourth over when Steven Davies was drawn forward and edged behind. Tom Lammonby fell to an ill-judged sweep, James Hildreth was pinned on his stumps when Ashwin went round the wicket, George Bartlett bowled offering no shot and van der Merwe fell leg before just before lunch which Somerset reached on 60 for 7.
Ashwin took his sixth wicket with a superb delivery which drifted in and spun sharply to defeat Ben Green’s defensive push. He was given excellent support by Moriarty, who bowled arguably the best delivery of the day to end Devon Conway’s determined resistance with a ball that spun sharply past his defensive push and knocked back off stump.
Surrey’s hopes of an unlikely victory chase effectively ended by the 13th over when they lost their third wicket. Leach had Mark Stoneman held at short leg and van der Merwe picked up Rory Burns and Ryan Patel before ending a stand of 66 for the fourth wicket when he pinned Hashim Amla to finish with match figures of 7 for 115.