Stoneman and Roy lead Surrey fightback against Essex. 25th Sep.2018
25th SEPTEMBER 2018
SURREY vs ESSEX
Specsavers County Championship Day Two
Peter Moore at the Kia Oval
67 477-8 dec.
Last seasons County Champions Essex continued their dominance against the new champions Surrey after finishing Day two in a powerful position with Surrey still 322 runs behind.
Centuries from Tom Westley and Simon Harmer put Essex in command against Surrey, with the hosts on the back foot in the final match of the season.
Essex resumed on their overnight total of 197 for 2, with Tom Westley(93*) on the brink of a century. The visitors were in a very strong position after bowling the new County Champions Surrey out for just 67 on the opening day.
Dan Lawrence(17) added six runs to his overnight total before Rikki Clarke trapped him lbw to give Surrey their first wicket of the morning. Shortly afterwards Tom Westley reached his century with a fine glance down to fine leg off Morne Morkle. His milestone was reached off 213 balls which included seventeen fours. Ravi Bopara(8) became a victim to Armar Virdi’s off break bowling, as the Essex batsman was bowled around his legs with the visitors lead increased to 169.
Extra bounce from the Pavilion End by Jade Dernbach accounted for the Essex Captain Ryan tenDoeschate(27) who was caught at third slip by Ollie Pope to leave Essex 276 for 5. With lunch rapidly approaching and one delivery to go, Westley’s fine innings was ended when he was caught down the leg side for 134 off 282 balls and 21 fours, as the visitors lunched in a healthy position of 282 for 6, with a lead of 215.
Simon Harmer joined Adam Wheater in the middle, with the pair looking mainly untroubled, apart from a delivery from Morkel just before tea that rose of a length and caused some severe discomfort to Wheater, with the ball hitting him directly on the right thumb. After several minutes of attention from the Essex Physio, and with Wheater in a lot of pain, Wheater carried on and safetly negotiated the last couple of deliveries before tea. The pair piled on the agony for Surrey by adding an unbroken partnership of 159 for the seventh wicket – a record 7th wicket partnership for Essex against Surrey-with Wheater 80 and Harmer 68, as the hosts went through the afternoon session wicketless, with Essex reaching tea on 441 for 6, firmly in control with an overall lead of 374 runs.
Wheater failed to appear after tea due to the blow on his thumb that he received earlier from Morkel. Dernbach then removed Porter(1) and had Cook(1) fending off a bouncer to be taken behind. Despite losing late wickets, Simon Harmer hit Virdi over long on to bring up his first century for Essex, as the visitors declared with a lead of 410 after finishing on 477 for 8, with Harmer 102 not out.
Essex took to the field with Matt Coles on for Sam Cook who failed a concussion test after being hit by a ball earlier. Facing the prospect of having to bat for over six sessions to save the match, openers Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman went about their business in a positive manner by putting on 63 for the opening wicket inside 12 overs before Burns(21) got a delivery from Jamie Porter that stopped on him and he scooped the ball into the air for a simple return catch. Despite two low scores from Burns in this match, it has certainly been a summer to remember for the Surrey opener who has finished the season with 1,359 championship runs at an average of 64.71. There were no further alarms for the home side as Surrey closed on 88 for 1, with Stoneman-dropped on five off Matt Quinn by replacement keeper Michael Pepper- unbeaten on 41. With the new champions still having a lot of work to do to save the game.