Curran shines at Newlands


Published: 10th March, 2014

Tom Curran took 4-40 but Surrey ended up on the wrong end of a 36 run defeat against a Western Province XI at Newlands today. Set 215 to win Surrey looked in a good position with Rory Burns (56) and Arun Harinath (28) at the crease. But they then lost regular wickets and could not recover the run chase.

Surrey won the toss and decided to bowl first on another baking hot day as Chris Tremlett and Curran took the new ball. Curran made an early breakthrough when he had Klienveldt very well caught by Tom Jewell at second slip for 3.

Jack Winslade came into the attack from the Wynburg End and had Edmeades caught behind for 7 with a cracking delivery to leave the hosts 44-2. Opening batsman Fortun looked very solid and alongside the centurion of yesterday Malan they began to form a partnership.

Fortun moved onto 47 but he then looked to drive Stuart Meaker and only found Curran at mid off to leave Western Province 92-3 in the 24th over. Run scoring was proving difficult in the face of some disciplined bowling from Surrey with Matthew Dunn looking extremely potent.

Zafar Ansari came into the attack as spin was introduced for the first time and Malan continued to look in extremely good form as he had done in the first game between the two sides on Sunday. He moved to an excellent fifty with a single into the legside off Gareth Batty.

Western Province found themselves 139-4 when Dunn picked up a well deserved wicket courtesy of a brilliant slip catch from Jewell as Bedingham departed for 16. And Malan then followed for 56 with Jewell this time the bowler and Jason Roy taking a good catch at mid wicket to leave the home side 149-5.

That became 179-6 when a short ball from Curran saw Barnes top edge his attempted pull and Dunn took a safe catch on the boundary. Curran had a third wicket when he had Khan caught by Gareth Battty for 11 in the 48th over.

And Curran finished the innings with a wicket from the final delivery as he had Madana caught behind for 22 as the Western Province XI finished their 50 overs with the scoreboard reading 214-8.

Steven Davies and Burns gave surrey a solid start to their run chase but in the 8th over Davies fell to Slatem for 15 to leave Surrey 37-1. Burns continued to look in excellent form and picked up where he had left off yesterday. He played some lovely shots off both front and back foot and at the other end Arun Harinath settled into his batting.

Burns moved to fifty with a handsome boundary through the covers but on 56 he cut Kleinveldt straight to cover point to leave Surrey 95-2 in the 26th over. Jason Roy joined Harinath and started in confident fashion working the ball into gaps against the spinners and rotating the strike.

The scoreboard was moving in the right direction but on 24 Roy looked to sweep Kleinveldt and was LBW. And the off spinner had two in the over when he lured Harinath down the pitch and he was stumped for a well made 28.

Jewell joined Zafar Ansari and they played steadily until Jewell was LBW to Young for 8 and Batty followed three balls later without scoring to leave Surrey in trouble at 150-6 in the 42nd over. A mix up then saw Curran run out for 1 as the run rate began to escalate.

And Surrey found themselves 165-8 when George Edwards chipped Young to mid on and departed for 5. Ansari then fell for 24 looking for quick runs in the 47th over and Tremlett was the final man to go bowled for 8 as Surrey were all out for 178.

The squad will start a two day game against Boland in Paarl on Wednesday and will be looking to put together a performance that their hard work on the tour deserves.

 Surrey TV spoke to Assistant Coach Stuart Barnes after the match at Newlands. To hear his thoughts watch the video below

Stuart Barnes – ” We will be better for these games” from Surrey Cricket on Vimeo.


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