sunday 22nd july - WEDNESDAY 25th july
NOTTINGHAMSHIRE V SURREY
Surrey won by an innings and 183 runs at Trent Bridge
Surrey XI: Burns(c), Stoneman, Borthwick, Finch, Foakes, Pope, S. Curran, Clarke, Morkel, Dernbach, Virdi.
Surrey bowled Nottinghamshire out for just 210 in only 54 overs and then built a lead of 13 in the remainder of the day, thanks to opening batsmen Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman.
Morne Morkel did most of the damage in the home side’s innings, picking up four for 60. Jade Dernbach, Sam Curran and Rikki Clarke shared the remainder of the wickets.
Burns and Stoneman then put that score into context by rattling their way to an opening stand of 147 as Surrey reached 223 for one at stumps.
The Surrey skipper closed on 97 not out, with Stoneman having made 86 from only 83 balls, his highest score of the summer.
Earlier, Notts had found themselves up against it from just the second ball of the day, losing captain Steven Mullaney for a duck, after they had been invited to bat first.
Mullaney feathered Dernbach behind at the start of the morning and Surrey picked up four more wickets before lunch.
Will Fraine, on his championship debut shared a stand of 59 for the second wicket with Jake Libby before both fell in quick succession to Morkel.
The South African, in the sixth over of his spell, extracted sufficient bounce to force Fraine to fend to gully for 19, with Ollie Pope taking a routine catch.
Two balls later, after Samit Patel had pushed a single, Jake Libby edged and was taken in the same position by diving sub fielder Ryan Patel for 28.
Surrey cemented their advantage with two more wickets in the opening session with Curran pinning Patel lbw for 5 and Billy Root falling to Clarke for 15.
Notts offered token resistance at the start of the afternoon, with Riki Wessels taking three boundaries off Morkel before nicking Dernbach to slip.
Tom Moores also put bat to ball, hitting five boundaries in his 27. Stuart Broad made just three before lofting Morkel into the hands of mid-off.
Luke Fletcher hit a couple of dreamy drives in making 21 and the last pair of Gurney and Jake Ball – who clubbed Morkel for the only six of the innings – added 45 to take the total beyond 200.
When Surrey batted it took Stoneman only six overs to become the highest scorer of the day; passing 30 and reaching 10,000 career runs, with a pull off Ball.
Under a hot sun, in the best conditions of the day, runs flowed from the bats of both Stoneman and Burns.
Burns was content to play second fiddle, whilst Stoneman was the aggressor but he made the most of every opportunity to score, including a cut for six off Gurney.
Stoneman was visibly dejected at getting out, snicking behind as he attempted a pull off Ball, with a century in sight – but Burns refused to yield and finished the day within three runs of his fourth hundred of the season.
Burns made 153 and Clarke scored 111 as Surrey totalled 592, a first innings lead of 392.
Burns, who had begun the day on 97, had to wait for 35 minutes before reaching his third hundred of the summer, with the landmark coming from 162 balls.
Luke Fletcher set the tone for a much-improved opening hour for the hosts with a testing spell, which brought him the wicket of Scott Borthwick for 24. Aaron Finch, playing his first red ball game since the end of the Australian domestic season in March, departed quickly after chipping Broad to mid-on.
The England pace man followed up that wicket with another scalp four balls later. Ben Foakes hoped to have got away with a thin snick as Riki Wessels juggled the chance at first slip but the fielder’s lightning reactions plucked the ball one-handed at the second attempt.
Harry Gurney picked up his 300th first class victim when Ollie Pope fell for 30. At 297 for five Notts were eyeing up only a slender first innings deficit but the next sixty overs saw Surrey with a series of punishing stands that stretched their advantage way beyond 300.
Samit Patel took the only two wickets to fall during the middle session, ending Burns’ lengthy sojourn (153) and then darting one into Curran’s pads to end his exhilarating knock of 70, which featured 10 fours and a six.
Clarke reached his first Surrey hundred for 12 years, since making 214 against Somerset at Guildford in his first spell with the county.
Root’s part-time off-spin saw off Clarke, Morne Morkel, whose bright and breezy 28 included three fours, a five and a six, and last man Amar Virdi. Jade Dernbach was left at the crease unbeaten on 27, after some powerful hitting featuring four boundaries.
Nottinghamshire were back with the bat with 16 overs left of the day, and Surrey seized the opportunity to take a wicket before the close of play with Morne Morkel removing Libby lbw for 18. The home side ended the day on 57/1, trailing by 325 runs with nine wickets remaining heading into Day 3.
Nottinghamshire, beginning the third day on 57 for one, were hustled out for only 199 by early afternoon, with Samit Patel top-scoring with 55.
Steven Mullaney was pinned in his crease by Sam Curran after just adding a boundary to his overnight 19.
22-year old Will Fraine, on debut, acquitted himself well before nicking Rikki Clarke to the diving Ben Foakes.
Patel and Billy Root launched a brief counter-attack, with 45 coming in 10 overs but it couldn’t de-rail the rampant Morkel, who returned to remove them both.
Patel had raced to a 42-ball half century but was undone by the extra bounce generated by the towering pace man and nicked off to second slip.
Root hooked Clarke into the stands and then lofted Amar Virdi back over his head for six more. His cameo was brought to an abrupt halt on 22 when Morkel struck again, as the left-hander miscued to cover.
Riki Wessels and Stuart Broad both fell in the closing moments of the morning session, leaving Notts on 172 for seven.
Inside 20 minutes of the afternoon period it was all over. Amar Virdi, two for 35, quickly sent back Tom Moores and Luke Fletcher, leaving Morkel to fittingly close out the contest with the wicket of Jake Ball.
Surrey’s fifth consecutive victory was completed with a full haul of 24 points.
Sam Curran plays the ball to the boundary en route to 70 against Nottinghamshire at Trent Brigde.
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