sunday 19th august - wednesday 22nd august
SURREY V LANCASHIRE
Surrey won by 6 runs at the Kia Oval
Surrey XI: Burns(c), Stoneman, Harinath, Finch, Foakes, S. Curran, Patel, Clarke, Morkel, Dernbach, Virdi.
Tom Bailey finished with 5 for 53 as Lancashire bowled Surrey out for 211 in the first pink ball Specsavers County Championship match at the Kia Oval.
Surrey found themselves 110/5 at the first interval after opting to bat. Aaron Finch and Sam Curran both batted well for 43 and 40 respectively but Clarke was run out for 15 following a mix-up with Ryan Patel, who then edged Joe Mennie behind to go for 12. A ninth wicket stand of 56 between Dernbach and Morkel hoisted Surrey above 200 and an important batting point.
Surrey were all out for 211, but Morne Morkel led a Surrey fightback with the ball in a long 43-over final session, with Lancashire sliding to 134 for 6 in reply under the floodlights despite a half-century from Dane Vilas in a fourth wicket stand of 73 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul. The Lancashire captain eventually fell to Sam Curran as he edged behind to Ben Foakes.
Clarke was then kept on at the Vauxhall End and, in his first full over back, had Steven Croft caught at first slip for 10 and Matt Parkinson leg-before for a duck.
Lancashire ended the first day on on 134/6 with Chanderpaul (25*) and Bohannon (1*) at the crease.
Burns dug in for almost three-and-a-half hours at the Kia Oval to help his side reach 197/4 at stumps for a useful 161-run lead in this pink-ball Division One game.
With fifth-wicket partners Sam Curran (27*) and Ben Foakes (20*) in tandem, Surrey have power to add on day three when Lancashire will have to wait a further 23 overs before the second new ball becomes available.
Starting their second innings shortly after lunch, Surrey lost Mark Stoneman, when he fell to Tom Bailey as he hooked a bouncer into the hands of Matt Parkinson at long leg to go for 16.
Then, on the cusp of tea, Arun Harinath, pushed a delivery from Steven Croft toward point and set off, Burns turned down the single but Harinath was beaten by Parkinson’s run out throw to the striker’s end that made it 73 for two.
Third-wicket partners Burns and Aaron Finch, the robust Australian right-hander who received his Surrey cap prior to the start of play, then joined forces to add 41 as the final session started under the lights.
Finch moved into double figures when he deposited one from Parkinson into the OCS Stand for the first six of the day, only to repeat the dose in the spinner’s next over. The 31-year-old contributed 32 before falling lbw to Graham Onions.
Burns’s fun ended after 139 balls and only eight overs from the close when the left-hander dragged a back-foot force against Josh Bohannon onto his stumps to go for 70 with six fours.
At the start of day two, Bohannon posted a maiden championship half-century to give Lancashire a precious 36-run first innings lead after they succumbed for 247 shortly after Monday’s lunch break.
Lancashire, who started the day with a deficit of 77, started brightly with a stand of 47 in 18.2 overs between Bohannon and Shiv Chanderpaul that ended in a run out. Having batted almost three hours for his 45, the former West Indies veteran nurdled a rearing delivery from Rikki Clarke toward cover point and pushed off looking for a single, Bohannon rightly sent him back but Chanderpaul lost the race as Burns ran in to whip off the bails.
The visitors had edged 14-runs into the lead when an eighth-wicket stand of 49 between Bohannon and Joe Mennie ended. The Australian, with his score on 26, aimed to cut against off-spinner Amar Virdi, only to edge through to keeper Ben Foakes.
Bohannan went LBW nine balls after the resumption having added a single to his lunch score when, in aiming to drive against Virdi, he was beaten in the flight by a dipping delivery bowled from around the wicket that thudded into the pad when flush in front.
Then, three runs short of their second batting bonus point, Onions drove loosely to short extra cover to give Ryan Patel his first wicket of the match. Morne Morkel and Rikki Clarke were the pick of the Surrey pacemen with identical figures of two for 42, while Virdi finished with two for 54.
At stumps, however, Lancashire had fought hard to reach 177 for 5 in their second innings, 94 runs away from reaching their 271-run victory target, with Steven Croft on 28 not out and Josh Bohannon unbeaten on 22.
The sixth wicket pair gritted it out under the floodlights in the final session.
Virdi followed up his initial scalp of Alex Davies by removing both Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Rob Jones in the final session as Lancashire lost three wickets inside 12 overs immediately after the third day’s second interval.
Rikki Clarke struck in the second over of the last session, pinning Dane Vilas leg-before for 3 and, when Chanderpaul edged Virdi to slip to go for 2 and Jones’s excellent 48 was ended by a second brilliant reaction catch by Will Jacks at short leg, Lancashire had stumbled to 125 for 5.
Jones, the 22-year-old batsman, fought hard through 89 balls in a stay of almost two hours. He then advanced to the off spinner, nicked hard on to his front pad as he tried to whip to leg and saw Jacks move smartly to his left to take the catch.
At the start of the innings, Davies struck 35 from 38 balls to launch Lancashire’s chase in some style, but Virdi’s wicket-haul started when he was brought on for the 12th over, at 45 without loss, and with his second ball had Davies superbly caught by Jacks, the substitute fielder, at short leg.
Davies was out when Jacks clung on to a clip off the face of the bat low to his right.
Morkel returned for a second burst from the Vauxhall End and dismissed Lancashire’s other opener Haseeb Hameed leg-before for 20, as they reached tea at 93 for 2.
Earlier, Lancashire’s challenging victory target had been set after Surrey moved from their overnight 197 for 4 to 306 all out, with tailenders Dernbach and Morkel featuring in an important ninth wicket stand for the second time in the match.
They had added 56 in Surrey’s first innings of 211 and, this time, they put on 51 with Morkel playing some handsome drives in his 29, before Graham Onions bowled him out, and Dernbach was left 24 not out when No 11 Virdi was bowled for nought by Joe Mennie.
The third day began with Sam Curran adding four runs to his overnight 27 before hitting at a short ball from Tom Bailey and edging to keeper Vilas to go for 31.
Ben Foakes – who resumed on 20 – battled on doggedly, in conditions that were still testing despite facing an older ball, but on 33 he edged a fine ball from Mennie through to Vilas to leave Surrey 226 for 6.
Ryan Patel was leg-before to leg spinner Matt Parkinson on 14 and Clarke was leg-before to Onions for 19 when Lancashire took the second new ball.
Will Jacks, the substitute fielder, took his third brilliant short leg catch of the innings as Morkel dismissed last man Matt Parkinson for 7 to bowl out Lancashire for 264 and clinch overwhelming Surrey’s seventh win from nine matches.
Morkel also hit the top of Graham Onions’ off stump in his previous over as, armed with the second new ball immediately after the final day’s first session, the giant South African paceman proved to be the difference – just – in a thrilling finale.
First, Morkel took 3 for 15 in a fierce six-over spell on the final morning, as Lancashire slid to 209 for 8 as they chased 271 for victory, and then he returned to split an heroic ninth wicket stand of 57 between Onions and Tom Bailey.
Onions made a courageous 29, including sixes over long on off both Morkel, in the first session, and then Sam Curran when the England all-rounder bowled the very first ball with the second new ball.
Bailey remained 20 not out, from 58 balls in another splendid effort, and when Parkinson was out half the Surrey team set off in pursuit of a celebrating Jacks as he sprinted wildly away towards the Peter May Stand while the other half of the team ran joyously after Morkel as he wheeled away in triumph towards the other side of the ground.
Lancashire reached the day’s first interval at 247 for 8, still 24 runs away from the win that would have lifted them from the bottom of the Division One table, with Onions and Bailey at that stage having added 38 in a stand that threatened to provide a final twist to what was a fiercely-fought four-day contest.
At ‘lunch’, Onion was on 22 not out and Bailey was unbeaten on 17 while Surrey, somewhat surprisingly, had not opted to take a second new ball when it was available at 227 for 8. Off spinner Amar Virdi had bowled 16 wicketless overs unchanged from the Pavilion End in the opening session.
A brave sixth wicket stand between Steven Croft and Josh Bohannon, which had begun under the floodlights on the third evening, had earlier eventually realised 78 in 31 overs and ended when Croft fell to Morkel for 43 in the twelfth over of the final day.
Then, in his next over, Morkel forced Bohannon to edge to second slip where Rory Burns took the catch and cut short the 21-year-old’s gutsy 135-minute effort on 32 from 97 balls.
Morkel was still not finished, striking again in the fifth over of his spell with a vicious lifter that Joe Mennie thin-edged through to Foakes to depart for 1 and leave Lancashire wobbling at 209 for 8. But then came the Onions-Bailey alliance.
The first half-hour was full of fascinating cricket as Croft and Bohannon continued to defy Surrey’s attack after Lancashire resumed on 177 for 5, needing another 94 for victory.
Virdi and seamer Rikki Clarke opened up for Surrey, and both came close to breaking the sixth wicket partnership. Clarke, in particular, beat the bat on a number of occasions and also saw Bohannon edge him through a vacant second slip for four to go to 28.
Croft went into the 40s by thick-edging an attempted late cut at Virdi past slip for three, but after resisting for more than two and a half hours he played loosely at the 116th ball he faced, a short rising ball from Morkel, and edged through to Ben Foakes behind the stumps.
That dismissal, and Morkel’s subsequent three-wicket burst, seemed to put Surrey on course for a comfortable winning margin, but Onions and Bailey had other ideas and their gritty ninth wicket partnership set up a truly classic championship finish.
The South African pace-man appeals for a wicket against Lancashire, as he took six scalps in the opposition’s second innings.
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