Sunday 19 - Wednesday 22 August 2018
Tom Bailey finished with 5 for 53 as Lancashire bowled Division One leaders and title favourites Surrey out for 211 inside 53 overs in the pink ball Specsavers County Championship match at the Kia Oval.
But Morne Morkel led a Surrey fightback in a long 43-over final session, with Lancashire sliding to 134 for 6 in reply under the floodlights even though the hard-hitting Dane Vilas scored the first half-century of the match to lead a rally from 41 for 3 in a battling fourth wicket stand of 73 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul.
Vilas, who warmed up by taking three fours from Rikki Clarke’s opening over with a leg glance, a cracking pull and then a delicate steer to a vacant third man boundary, had scored 61 from 88 balls when he drove hard at Sam Curran, who had returned for a second spell, and edged behind to his clear annoyance. He had hit 10 fours in all.
Former West Indies batsman Chanderpaul, who celebrated his 44th birthday last week remains 25 not out despite being beaten on a number of occasions and, on 1, surviving a concerted appeal for a catch behind the wicket off Morkel, who took 2 for 10 in his first six-over spell.
Clarke, recalled to complete Jade Dernbach’s tenth over when the Surrey fast bowler limped off, 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.
Morkel, introduced after Lancashire had struggled to reach 33 for 1 with Jade Dernbach having Alex Davies caught at second slip for nought and Sam Curran seeing Rob Jones edge just short of keeper Ben Foakes on 2, had Jones held low at second slip for 10 – another sharp effort by Clarke – with his fourth ball.
The giant South African then bowled the stubborn Haseeb Hameed for 22 through a studious forward defensive stroke to leave Lancashire 41 for 3, but Vilas and Chanderpaul then frustrated the Surrey bowlers before Clarke’s double-strike ensured honours went the home side’s way after a dramatic and entertaining opening day on which the pink ball always held sway.
Bailey’s impressive new ball burst of 3 for 18 had put Lancashire in early charge, as Surrey slid to 28 for 3 and then 110 for 5 by the first interval after opting to bat from the 1.30pm start on winning a toss.
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 soon edged Joe Mennie behind to go for 12, and it took an unlikely ninth wicket stand of 56 between Dernbach and Morkel to hoist Surrey above 200.
Dernbach was last man out for 31, lifting Bailey to deep mid wicket, and Morkel fell for 23 trying to repeat a six off leg spinner Parkinson that had brought up a batting bonus point for Surrey from the previous ball.
Parkinson had earlier sent back the dangerous Australian international Finch, who edged a perfectly-pitched leg break to second slip, while Curran – so unlucky to be left out of England’s third Test against India at Trent Bridge – was brilliantly held by diving keeper Davies off Bailey.
Surrey openers Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman both got off the mark with first ball boundaries in an opening over which cost Bailey ten runs. Burns edged the first ball of the match along the ground through the slip cordon, and Stoneman confidently square cut to the ropes.
But Bailey responded at the end of his second over by drawing Burns into a loose shot as he edged to second slip on 6, and then produced a beauty to have Stoneman taken low at third slip for 14.
Arun Harinath, driving, soon followed when he edged to the keeper in Bailey’s fifth over, leaving Surrey 28 for 3, and Ben Foakes was undone on 12 after a bright start by a perfect leg cutter from bustling seamer Mennie which he edged to Davies.
Finch straight drove Parkinson high for six in his opening over and also included three fours in a typically punchy 63-ball effort, but Surrey’s best innings was played by Curran, who stroked five fours in a 50-ball stay.
Surrey vs Lancashire - Day Two Highlights
Surrey captain Rory Burns hit a dogged 70 to bat his side into the box seat by the mid-point of their Specsavers County Championship clash with Lancashire at the Kia Oval.
Burns dug in for almost three-and-a-half hours on a testing pitch in SE11 to help the hosts reach 197 for four at stumps for a useful 161-run lead in this experimental pink-ball Division One game.
With fifth-wicket partners Sam Curran (27*) and Ben Foakes (20*) in tandem, Surrey will 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, the deposed England opener, whose miserable run of form continued when he fell into Tom Bailey’s bumper trap. With only one 50 to his name all summer, the left-hander hooked Bailey’s well-directed 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 easily 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.
Finch contributed 32 before falling lbw to Graham Onions. Jumping across his stumps on the back foot and working across the line, he played around a straight one angling in probably toward leg stump.
Burns, whose batting has improved markedly under the weighty responsibility of captaincy, might have gone for 44 when Steven Croft downed a knee-high chance in the cordon off the bowling of Onions, but his innings was otherwise faultless on a tricky pitch. The skipper went on to post his seventh 50 of the campaign from 104 balls and with four fours.
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.
The 21-year-old right-hander from Bolton, faced 101 balls and hit seven fours on his championship and first-class debut in posting his 50 just before the 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 needless 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 risky 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 Amar Virdi, the off-spinner, only to edge through to keeper Ben Foakes and give Surrey their second success of the afternoon.
Bohannan went leg before 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 gift 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.
Amar Virdi took 3 for 61 in a 21-over spell, with each wicket greeted by his now-trademark arms-aloft celebratory run into the outfield, as Surrey strived for a seventh Specsavers County Championship victory in nine games by beating Division One strugglers Lancashire in the pink-ball contest at the Kia Oval.
At stumps, however, Lancashire had fought hard to reach 177 for 5 in their second innings, just 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 have so far added 52 in 19 overs, and they gritted it out impressively under the floodlights in the final session. Croft has faced 74 balls, hitting two fours, while Bohannon has yet to find the ropes in a gutsy 66-ball effort that continues an eye-catching championship debut.
The 21-year-old from Bolton hit an excellent 52 in Lancashire’s first innings and has also bowled his medium-pacers usefully in this match.
Virdi followed up his initial scalp of Alex Davies 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, had fought hard through 89 balls in a stay of almost two hours. He had driven Virdi high over long on for six to go into double figures and also hit six fours before he 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 had greeted the introduction of Morne Morkel in the fourth over – after Jade Dernbach had left the field after bowling just one over with the new ball, suffering a recurrence of a groin injury – by thumping the giant former South African fast bowler’s fourth ball through extra cover for four, and then driving his fifth ball high to wide long off for six.
He then square cut Morkel thrillingly to the ropes and had hit six fours in all, plus that remarkable six, when Jacks clung on to a clip off the face of the bat low to his right.
Morkel , however,then 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 an unlikely 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 spread-eagled his stumps, and Dernbach being left 24 not out when No 11 Virdi was bowled for nought by Joe Mennie.
The third day began with Sam Curran adding just four runs to his overnight 27 before slashing 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, dropped at deep mid on when he had made 2 as Chanderpaul failed to hold on to a skier off Parkinson, was almost immediately leg-before to Onions for 19 when Lancashire took the second new ball.