Surrey struggle at Guildford, despite Foakes’s half-century
Specsavers County Championship Day Two
Tuesday 4th June 2019
Peter Moore at Guildford
On a truncated days play at Guildford which saw 33 overs bowled in the days play, it was the visitors who finished the day on top as Surrey closed on 188 for 5.
Having had to survive only two overs last night, the Surrey opening partnership of Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman took to the middle in overcast conditions.
The pair had to survive a testing early part of the session with the visitor’s seamers posing lots of problems. Mark Stoneman had made 21 when he left a straight ball alone off Jack Brooks, only to see his off stump out of the ground. Burns(2), who never looked happy at the crease went shortly afterwards when he edged Craig Overton to Marcus Trescothick at second slip. After one Overton struck it wasn’t long before another was involved in a wicket, this time Jamie with his first delivery had Dean Elgar(1) plumb lbw to leave Surrey in trouble at 38-3.
The hosts were rescued by an unbroken partnership of 63 before lunch between Scott Borthwick and Ben Foakes. Borthwick the more circumspect of the two had reached 17 at lunch with Foakes, looking in very good touch 49.
Shortly after lunch Foakes bought up his half century which came off 63 balls and including nine beautifully timed boundaries before the sky darkened and at 2 pm the umpires took the players off the field for bad light. Within a few minutes the rain came and remained for the bulk of the afternoon.
Play eventually restarted at 5.30, with 17 overs to be bowled. During the hours play Surrey lost a further wicket when Scott Borthwick(36)- who had survived for 118 balls- was caught behind off Jamie Overton.
The home side were indebted to a battling innings from Ryan Patel who was 40 not out at the close with youngster Will Jacks on 13 as Surrey closed day two still trailing by 156 runs.