Batsmen Excel In Surrey Tussle
By Gary Watton
September 12 2017
Yorkshire finally managed to cash in on a flat pitch by amassing a couple of decent batting scores. Unfortunately the damage had already been done in so far as the hosts had won the toss and batted themselves into an unbeatable position, courtesy of big centuries for the outstanding Sangakkara and England's new opener, Mark Stoneman. All that remained was for the Tykes to try and avoid following on, which they failed to do, and then try and avoid an innings defeat which they comfortably achieved on a relatively lifeless pitch. This honourable draw has come at a cost however, as the white rose are left dangling perilously close to the drop zone. Indeed it is the mother of all ironies that the three teams that fought neck and neck last September to attain Championship glory are twelve months later slugging it out with one another to escape the relegation trapdoor, namely Middlesex, Somerset, and Yorkshire. Once more it looks like their fate will go down to the proverbial wire. Yorkshire must surely capitalise on their home engagement avec lowly Warwickshire because a last week trip to new champions Essex looks mighty ominous.
Surrey versus YORKSHIRE; in London; Tuesday the twelfth to Friday the fifteenth of September; Surrey chose to bat.
Surrey first innings: 592 (Sangakkara 164, Stoneman 131, Foakes 110, Burns 75; Brooks 5-113, Patterson 3-120)
YORKSHIRE first innings: 394 (Kohler-Cadmore 78, Marsh 78, Hodd 57; Batty 3-77, van den Bergh 3-84)
YORKSHIRE second innings: 281 for two (Marsh 125*, Lees 102)
Match drawn. Surrey twelve points, YORKSHIRE ten points.
Kohler-Cadmore - Ninety runs in this high-scoring match plus one catch was comfortably Tom's best effort thus far for his new team in the County Championship.
Marsh - 203 runs and a catch was a marvellous return for the outgoing Aussie. Shaun's excellent second innings contained no fewer than seventeen boundaries.
Lees - 'Demoted' to number three, Alex belatedly found some form, after missing out with forty-six in the first innings. He finally notched up his first ton of 2017.
Ballance - The captain was run out for 29 in the first innings before finishing unbeaten on 28 second time around. His biggest mistake was probably losing the toss.
Leaning - Jack weighed in with a breezy thirty-two runs from fifty-two balls, featuring seven boundaries. He also bowled four overs, costing sixteen runs.
Hodd - Three catches followed by a three-hour fifty (his second in consecutive fixtures) represented a decent effort from the county's deputy wicketkeeper.
Bresnan - Tim contributed 25 runs, but his performance was blighted by bowling figures of 25 overs that cost 136 runs, earning him merely the wicket of Stoneman.
Rafiq - Trapped leg before wicket for a three-ball duck was poor. He also bowled 29 overs, costing 122 runs, producing only three maidens and no wickets.
Patterson - Patto could only muster seven runs in his one innings, but he did at least mop up the Surrey tail, taking their last three wickets from his 30.2 overs.
Brooks - Jack the lad was his usual costly but occasionally lethal self. He only managed eight runs with the bat, but did take five wickets from 28 erratic overs.
Sidebottom - The legend bowled 21 overs at a cost of 67 runs, yielding one solitary wicket. He was unbeaten on zero at the end of Yorkshire's first innings.
BATSMEN 'CHART' (minimum requirement: one hundred runs and average in excess of forty):
Marsh: average - 112.5; 225 runs; highest score - 125*
Ballance: average - 88.4; 884 runs; highest score - 203*
BOWLERS' 'CHART' (minimum requirement: ten wickets and average less than forty):
Coad: average - 19.28; forty-three wickets; best bowling - six for 25
Sidebottom: average - 20.72; 25 wickets; best bowling - five for fifty-six
Bresnan: average - 34.75; 24 wickets; best bowling - four for fifty-three
Patterson: average - 39.5; fourteen wickets; best bowling - three for 28pqs: qs:
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