Surrey continue fightback against last seasons Champions. 26th Sep.2018
26th SEPTEMBER 2018
SURREY vs ESSEX
Specsavers County Championship Day 3
Wednesday 26th September 2018
Peter Moore at the Kia Oval
67 477-8 dec.
Centuries from Jason Roy and Ollie Pope continued Surrey’s magnificent fightback against Essex at the Kia Oval on Wednesday.
Facing a huge first innings deficit, knocks from Roy and Pope and so excellent support from Mark Stoneman and Will Jakes, enabled Surrey to end Day three, 67 runs ahead.
Surrey started the day 88 for 1, still 322 runs behind Essex with Mark Stoneman 41* and Jason Roy 23* at the crease. For Surrey to save the game they really needed to bat for at least five sessions to escape with a draw and maintain their record of going through the whole championship season unbeaten.
On a glorious late September day in South London, Stoneman and Roy took 21 runs of the opening two overs from Jamie Porter and Matt Coles. The pair continued to take the attack to Essex with Roy reaching his century by driving Simon Harmer to the cover boundary. His 100 coming off 92 balls, which also contained 17 fours and two sixes. The big second wicket partnership continued to flourish, and at lunch had reached an unbeaten 147, with Roy 106* and Stoneman 75*, with the hosts trailing by exactly 200.
Essex had to wait until over an hour into the middle session to claim their first wicket of the day. The second wicket partnership which yielded 181 runs was ended when Roy(128) pulled a short delivery from Matt Quinn straight down deep square leg’s throat. Roy’s excellent knock came off 151 balls which included 19 fours and two sixes. The Surrey opener was later to find out that he been named in the England Lions Squad for their forthcoming tour of the UAE in November.
Stoneman(86) who had given Roy ample support in the big partnership, was then bowled by Harmer with a delivery that went straight on. It was down to Ollie Pope and Ben Foakes to steer Surrey back on course. The Essex skipper Ryan ten Doeschate turned to Ravi Bopara to try and break up the partnership, but Pope hit Bopara for four boundaries in his solitary over. Pope, moved on to a 53 ball half century and along with Foakes put on an unbroken partnership of 108 for the fourth wicket, as Surrey went to tea just 53 behind on 357 for 3 With Pope 77* and Foakes 31*.
Despite not taking the new ball that was due, Essex achieved a breakthrough in the second over after tea when Matt Quinn trapped Foakes(32) to end a partnership of 115. Pope then became the third centurion of the match when he brought up his century by running the ball down to third man. His 100 coming off 97 balls with 17 fours and one six.
The Surrey fightback continued with Will Jacks joining Pope at the crease. The pair took the score past 410 as Surrey moved in to a lead, with six wickets in hand. That shortly became five when Pope(114) was LBW to Coles with Surrey holding a slender eight run lead.
It was finally down to Jacks(52*) and Ryan Patel(20*) to steer Surrey to the close of play with an unbroken partnership of 59 with Jacks bringing up his first championship half century, as the home side closed on 477 for 5, with an overall lead of 67. There could yet be a sting in the tail on the final day of the season.