Notts see out tricky final session at Kia Oval. 26th September 2019
402-6 dec. 77-1
Specsavers County Championship Day Three
Wednesday 25th September 2019
Peter Moore at The Kia Oval
Nottinghamshire played out a tricky last session of play on the third evening at the Oval, to close on 77 for 1, in reply to Surrey’s 402 for 6, in another shortened day at the Kia Oval.
After the morning session of play was washed out due to a wet outfield, lunch was taken at 12.20 with a restart at 1 pm. `
Despite a brief shower at one o clock, play eventually got under way at 1.10 under leaden skies, with Surrey resuming on 248 for 2. The hosts had an early let off when Mark Stoneman was dropped at second slip by Matt Carter when he had made 110. All eyes in the sparse crowd were on 21-year-old Ollie Pope, who earlier this week was recalled to the England squad for the forthcoming tour of New Zealand. The youngster bought up his eighth first class century with a nervous edge down to third man. Pope, who was playing in just his sixth county championship match of the season was eventually dismissed with the third over of the new ball for 106 after being caught at deep square leg, to continue his fine form with the bat having already scored 643 championship runs in nine innings at a healthy average of 91.85.
Ben Foakes(8) saw both his off and leg stump removed from the ground from a delivery from Jack Blatherwick his second wicket in first class cricket in just his second game. Before tea it was the turn of the Nottinghamshire skipper Steven Mullaney to get in the act when he removed Will Jacks(17) and Stoneman(137)- his highest score of the season- who chased a wide delivery to get caught behind, as Surrey reached tea on 360 for 6.
The message in the Surrey dressing room during the tea interview clearly was to push on quickly after tea and get to 400, which both Rikki Clarke and Jordan Clark did. The pair added 42 runs off 33 balls to set up the Surrey declaration on 402 for 6.
Nottinghamshire were left to negotiate a scheduled 34 overs, but a wayward spell of bowling from Morne Morkel- his opening spell of four overs going for 24- saw him taken out of the attack. The visitors lost Mullaney(21) lbw offering no shot to Clarke. However, Ben Slater hit five boundaries in his 29 not out and along with Ben Compton the pair steered the visitors to 77 for 1 before bad light ended play for the day with 14 overs remaining.