Published: 9th March, 2014
Rory Burns struck a century for Surrey against a Western Province XI but the home side won at Newlands by six wickets. Burns made 106 as Surrey posted 241-7 at Newlands. The home side reached their victory target thanks to an unbeaten fifth wicket partnership that was worth 164.
The Western Province XI won the toss and decided to bowl in hot conditions at Newlands. Burns and Steven Davies opened the batting for Surrey and both started confidently playing nicely off both front and back foot.
Both openers played a couple of attractive drives to the cover boundary but on 19 Davies was bowled to leave Surrey 38 for 1. Arun Harinath joined Burns in the middle and the left handed pair played sensibly in the face of some disciplined bowling from the Western Province attack.
The introduction of spin saw Burns come down the wicket and loft the ball for six but Harinath then looked to take the aerial route in the 27th over and was caught for 15. Burns moved to an accomplished fifty with a punched boundary off the back foot and at the other end Jason Roy started in handsome fashion with a straight drive down the ground for four.
Burns continued to look like a man who had spent the winter with a bat in his hand seizing on any scoring opportunity when it presented itself. The Surrey pair continued to play sensibly, rotating the strike and not letting the bowlers settle.
Roy began to play fluently and Burns looked untroubled e as they moved Surrey into the final fifteen overs of the innings and took the score past 150. But Roy was then bowled for a good looking 32 to leave Surrey 158-3 in the 39th over.
Tom Jewell opened his account with a lovely drive to the cover point boundary and Burns continued to hold the innings together. He moved into the 90’s but lost Jewell as a partner when he was bowled for an attractive 40 to leave Surrey 211-4 in the 44th over.
Burns then moved to his century when he elegantly guided the ball down to third man, a shot that summed up how well he had played. Gareth Batty departed for 6 and Burns was then dismissed for 106 caught a deep backward square to leave Surrey 230-6.
Tom Curran fell off the penultimate delivery of the innings looking for quick runs as Surrey posted 241-7 off their 50 overs.
Tim Linley gave Surrey an excellent start with the ball when he caught Smith off his own bowling for 6. Chris Tremlett then had Modana caught behind for 10 and Curran trapped Hamza LBW for 15 to leave Western Province in early trouble.
George Edwards got amongst the wickets when got a delivery to climb at Hantam on 13 and Davies did the rest behind the stumps to leave the home side 78-4 after 19 overs of their chase. Western Province needed a partnership and Malan and Barnes delivered one.
Together they steadied the innings with Malan playing particularly well and Barnes looking solid. Malan moved past fifty with a couple of attractive shots through the covers and Barnes played sensibly as the scoreboard began to move in the right direction.
The hundred partnership arrived as Barnes began to thrive particularly off the back foot and he moved to an excellent fifty. Malan took Western Province past 200 with a boundary down the ground and he then played some brutal shots as the partnership approached 150.
Together Barnes and Malan moved the home side towards their victory target and both played extremely well. Malan brought up a well deserved century with a single off Curran to fine leg and it was left to Barnes to hit the winning runs as he finished 75 and Malan was unbeaten on 104.
Despite the defeat it was still an excellent work out for the squad and they will play another One Day game at Newlands tomorrow.
Rory Burns chatted to Surrey TV after his century at Newlands in the video below