Published: 22nd April, 2014
Tom Curran was the star as Surrey Second XI opened their account well on the first day of their Second XI Championship campaign against Gloucestershire in Bristol.
After a hard fought friendly against Hampshire last week, Surrey batted first on a bright Easter Monday morning, with openers Tom Lancefield (13) and skipper Arun Harinath (95) starting positively with a partnership of 42 before Lancefield was caught off the bowling of Ian Saxelby.
Gareth Batty (0), promoted to number three, quickly became Saxelby’s second victim as he was trapped LBW but triallist Aneesh Kapil (a former England U19 all rounder from Worcestershire) joined Harinath and added another 47 for the fourth wicket.
When Kapil was caught by Ian Cockbain for 19, Curran came to the crease to help Harinath form his third good partnership of the day. The two batted well together, moving the score onto 161 before Harinath fell a tantalising five runs short of three figures when he was caught behind off Saxelby.
Oli Batchelor, recently returned from the Pemberton Greenish Academy tour of Cape Town, came and went for a duck but Curran received the support he needed from former Hampshire wicket keeper Adam Rouse, who had played in a joint Surrey/Hampshire match last year and is playing as a triallist.
The two added 133, moving through the gears nicely before Curran was caught by Cockbain off Jack Taylor. Rouse continued and put on a further 51 with 16 year old Bradley Erasmus (22*), another member of the PG Academy tour who is making his Second XI debut, before he was also dismissed by Taylor and Surrey declared on 347/7.
Although Surrey would have been keen to have a quick bowl at the end of the day, Gloucestershire only had to defend four balls from Tim Linley before stumps were drawn, ending 4/0.
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