Published: 8th April, 2014
Surrey go into the final day against Glamorgan with a lead of 121 after dismissing the visitors for 209 in their first innings. Stuart Meaker (4-57) and Tim Linley (3-24) did the damage and Surrey closed the day on 50-2 with Zafar Ansari and Dominc Sibley unbeaten.
Thankfully the sun and blue skies made an appearance at the Kia Oval in the morning as Surrey begun the day on their overnight first innings total of 209-7. Ansari and Meaker started solidly with Ansari finding the boundary through the covers and Meaker playing a couple of pleasing drives.
Together they took their partnership past fifty but Ansari’s valuable innings was then brought to an end by Michael Hogan as he was caught behind for 74 to leave Surrey 240-8. Meaker continued to play sensibly taking Surrey to a second batting point with Chris Tremlett. But a mix up between the pair saw Meaker run out for 35 and Surrey found themselves 269-9.
Tremlett then took 17 from a Graham Wagg over including one enormous six into the Pavilion but Rory Smith bowled Tim Linley without scoring as Surrey well all out for 280 with Tremlett unbeaten on 27.
Meaker gave Surrey the perfect start with the new ball as Gareth Rees drove expansively on 2 and Graeme Smith took a sharp catch at first slip to leave Glamorgan 6-1. Stewart Walters started confidently with a couple of crisp boundaries and as lunch arrived the visitors were 33-1 with Walters 22* and Will Bragg unbeaten on 9.
After the interval Walters continued to play attractively and looked particularly strong through the legside. With Bragg he moved the visitors past fifty but Smith then gave Ansari the ball and with his second delivery he bowled Walters off the inside edge for 34.
Murray Goodwin joined Bragg and both looked comfortable until Meaker came back into the attack from the Vauxhall End. The Surrey paceman was immediately into a wonderful rhythm and he got his reward when Bragg edged him behind for 28 to leave Glamorgan 95-3.
Linley then got amongst the wickets when Chris Cooke drove him straight to Sibley at backward point for 1. And Meaker changed the complexion of the afternoon with two wickets in two balls. He firstly trapped Goodwin LBW for 20 and then had Mark Wallace caught by Smith at first slip without scoring.
Glamorgan in deep trouble at 112-6 but Jim Allenby and Graham Wagg steadied the inning by playing positively and taking the score past 150. Tom Curran then had a moment to remember with his first Championship wicket as Wagg on 18 looked to pull a good length delivery and his top edge was well taken by Rory Burns.
Glamorgan went to tea with the scoreboard reading 159-7 and after the break Allenby continued to play extremely well as Rory Smith provided him with valuable support. Allenby moved to an excellent fifty as the Glamorgan 200 arrived and they secured a first batting point.
Linley ended Allenby’s stay at the crease on 52 when he had him very well caught by Gary Wilson at second slip to leave Glamorgan 200-8. And Linley had a third wicket when he trapped Smith LBW for a well made 24.
Curran finished the Glamorgan innings catching Dean Cosker off his own bowling without scoring as the visitors were all out for 209 and Surrey had a lead of 71. Burns and Smith extended that lead to 86 when Burns edged Wagg to the safe hands of Walters on 4 . And the same combination saw Smith’s stay at the crease come to an end on 18 and Surrey found themselves 40-2.
Ansari and Sibley guided Surrey to stumps with the scoreboard reading 50-2 and a fascinating final day awaits at the Kia Oval.
Surrey TV spoke to Tim Linley after play in the video below