friday 11th MAY - MONDAY 14TH MAY
Surrey v Yorkshire
Surrey won by an innings and 17 runs at the Kia Oval
Surrey XI: Burns(c), Stoneman, Borthwick, Elgar, Foakes, Pope, S. Curran, Clarke, McKerr, Dernbach, Virdi.
England captain Joe Root, leading Yorkshire for only the fourth time after Gary Ballance was struck down by illness, saw Surrey 69 for 4 on a well-grassed pitch.
But Pope, who was playing only his tenth first-class match, added an unbeaten 131 to his 145 against Hampshire in Aparil as Surrey recovered to 366 for 7 at stumps on day one.
The 20-year-old helped Dean Elgar (61) add 68 for the fifth wicket then counter-attacked with Rikki Clarke in a punishing stand of 129 in 28.2 overs for the seventh wicket as batting conditions improved.
Pope played some eye-catching shots through the off side and picked off anything aimed at his pads when Yorkshire’s seamers tried a leg-stump line.
He left well too and his only moment of alarm came when he took a single into the covers to reach 50 and would have been run out had Harry Brook’s throw at the non-striker’s end hit the stumps.
His second 50 came off 67 balls while Clarke offered made the most of a life on 16 when he was put down at slip by Chet Pujara. His 71 off 91 balls included ten fours and two sixes, both swiped over mid-wicket off Josh Shaw, and he reached 10,000 first-class runs when he was on 26.
The stand was broken when Adam Lyth held on at the second attempt at second slip in Jack Brooks’ first over with the second new ball but Pope and Conor McKerr punished some wayward bowling before stumps, adding 72 in 11 overs. Pope has faced 194 balls and hit 22 fours.
It was all in sharp contrast to a difficult morning for Surrey as the Yorkshire seamers shared four top-order wickets.
Rory Burns became Brooks’ 400th first-class wicket, Scott Borthwick (5) played a shot outside off stump and Ben Foakes feathered a thin edge off Steve Patterson.
Elgar stood firm as he passed 50 for the first time since joining Surrey and it was a surprise when he lost his leg stump when Root came on after lunch to bowl his off-breaks.
When Patterson angled the ball across Sam Curran (16) to pick up his second wicket Surrey were 162 for 6 but then Pope and Clarke changed the complexion of the day.
The 20-year-old’s third Championship century, in only his tenth first-class game, helped Surrey make 414.
Pope, 20, added a further 27 runs in the morning with Surrey’s tail as their last three wickets fell in six overs.
His eighth-wicket stand of 82 in 14 overs with Conor McKerr, who contributed a career-best 28 was ended when McKerr edged Tim Bresnan’s outswinger to second slip. Adam Lyth parried the ball and Chet Pujara took the catch at first slip.
Jade Dernbach went for his shots from the start, lofting Steven Patterson over mid-off for four before bringing up Surrey’s 400 by carving the Bresnan high over backward point for six.
On 14 Dernbach drove a slower ball from Patterson to Joe Root at mid-on and last man Amar Virdi was well taken at third slip by Jack Leaning, diving to his right, for a single. Pope’s innings lasted five and a-quarter-hours and he his 27 fours from 224 balls faced while Bresnan and Patterson finished with three wickets apiece.
Alex Lees, brought into the side after skipper Gary Ballance pulled out through illness, edged his first ball – the second of the match – from Dernbach and caught at second slip by Dean Elgar.
Lyth (6) was squared up by Sam Curran in the fourth over to make Yorkshire 7 for 2 and Curran picked up his second wicket when Pujara was held low down at second slip by Scott Borthwick for 17.
Yorkshire were reduced to 40 for 3 before rain arrived at 12.50pm.
With steady drizzle falling all afternoon and no prospect of an improvement in the conditions, umpires Martin Saggers and David Millns abandoned the day’s play at 4.30pm.
Indeed, there were two more celebratory runs from Virdi in the day’s long final session as he added the wickets of Adam Lyth, caught at slip for 58, and Harry Brook, leg-before for 8 to another which spun sharply.
Virdi’s 19-over spell of 3 for 52 left Yorkshire 142 for 5 by the end of day three, still trailing by 43.
Bairstow, 25 not out in Yorkshire’s second innings as he and Leaning (13 not out) put on a battling 40 in 16 overs, had strode in earlier at No 6 when Root was leg-before to Curran for 14 from the sixth ball of day three. He then hit 15 fours – many of them unforgettable strokes – as he took on the Surrey attack single-handedly.
Root’s scalp was followed by those of Brook, Tim Bresnan and Josh Shaw as Curran – who had 2 for 15 overnight – shattered Yorkshire, who had resumed on 40 for 3. As he walked off the field at the lunch interval, Curran was presented with his county cap.
The teenager became the fourth youngest Surrey player to be capped, after Vivian Crawford in 1898, Donald Knight in 1912 and Waqar Younis in 1990, and when he took his sixth wicket of Yorkshire’s first innings he also became the fourth youngest Surrey cricketer to take 100 first-class wickets, following Waqar, Martin Bicknell and Jack Crawford.
Left-armer Curran sent back Root when he aimed to work to square leg, also had Brook caught behind for 17 and, in his second spell of the morning session, saw Bresnan snapped up at second slip for 1.
Leaning, having reached 20 in support of Bairstow in a sixth wicket stand of 67, was leg-before to Rikki Clarke, playing towards mid wicket, and England keeper-batsman Bairstow’s only mistake in a morning of magnificent batsmanship was when, on 66, he got a leading edge trying to work a short ball from Dernbach towards mid on and saw the bowler get his right hand to a difficult caught and bowled chance but fail to cling on.
Clarke had Steven Patterson superbly held at gully, high to his left, by Ollie Pope for 5, and Bairstow’s counter-punching defiance ended when he tried to force the persevering Dernbach and edged to slip. Curran then ended a bright, career-best 29 from Shaw to wrap up the innings.
Yorkshire, batting again 185 runs adrift, lost Alex Lees for 4 at the end of the fifth over when the left-hander pushed at Dernbach and edged to second slip, and it was 10 for 2 when Pujara drove loosely at his third ball and lost his middle stump to one from Curran that shaped back into him.
When the players came off for the day, Yorkshire captain Joe Root was 14 and Harry Brook 1 not out.
Root’s bid to repair the second innings from 10 for 2 was cut short when off spinner Virdi drew him forward with a beautiful delivery that drifted away and then turned back through the England Test captain’s gate to bowl him for 23.
Virdi, in what is fast becoming his trademark celebration, sprinted off towards deep point in a joyous arm-waving run, followed by his Surrey teammates. It was his first wicket of the game, but his 15th in just three games.
Rikki Clarke picked up the other two wickets as Yorkshire were dismissed for 168 in their second innings to lose by an innings and 17 runs, their second defeat of the season. Their remaining five wickets fell in 5.2 overs today.
Yorkshire’s hope of prolonged resistance had largely rested on Jonny Bairstow and Jack Leaning extending their sixth-wicket stand which stood at 40 overnight.
But they added just a further nine runs before Clarke struck in the fourth over of the day. Bairstow fenced at a ball which bounced more than he expected and edged to wicketkeeper Ben Foakes, having added four runs to his overnight 25.
Curran then struck with successive balls. Tim Bresnan (1) inside edged a good ball and Steve Patterson lost his off stump to the first delivery of Curran’s next over.
Josh Shaw defended the hat-trick ball before being bowled by a similar delivery to the one which accounted for Bresnan that knocked back his stump.
The end came when Clarke pinned Leaning leg before for 28 as Surrey sealed their first win in this fixture since 2001.
The Surrey youngster celebrates the wicket of Josh Shaw on Day Four against Yorkshire.
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