Defeat for Surrey in opener

09_04_14 Morning 2

Published: 9th April, 2014

Surrey’s opening game of the Championship season ended in at ten wicket defeat to Glamorgan. Graham Wagg took 6-29 for the visitors as Surrey were all out for just  81 in the second innings. Will Bragg and Gareth Rees then took Glamorgan to their victory target of 153 just before tea on the final day.

Surrey began the morning on their overnight 50-2 but to the first ball of the day Zafar Ansari was caught behind off Wagg without scoring. Dominic Sibley was then bowled by Michael Hogan for 5 and when Gary Wilson fell to Wagg without scoring Surrey had lost three wickets without adding a run to their lead.

Jason Roy struck the first runs of the day but he was then caught at slip off Wagg and Surrey found themselves 61-6. Tom Curran scored his first runs in Championship cricket but was then bowled by Hogan and Wagg claimed his 5th wicket trapping Steven Davies LBW for 10.

Wagg was getting the ball to swing late from the Vauxhall End and Surrey were 80 for 9 as Chris Tremlett was LBW to the left arm seamer for 2. And when Hogan bowled Tim Linley without scoring Surrey were all out for 81 and Glamorgan needed 153 for victory.

Bragg and Rees gave the visitors a solid start to their run chase and when lunch arrived Glamorgan were 26-0. After the interval Surrey found the opening pair in belligerent form and no matter what the bowlers tried both Bragg and Rees seemingly had an answer.

Conditions changed and the ball stopped swinging as Glamorgan moved themselves towards their victory target. Bragg became more aggressive in his strokeplay and Rees also began to find the boundary with regularity as the partnership moved past 100.

Bragg was the first to his fifty and Rees followed his partner to the milestone as run scoring became easier in the afternoon sun. And just before tea the winning runs were struck as the visitors secured a ten wicket victory with Bragg 72* and Rees unbeaten on 75.

A disappointing start for Surrey and they would have arrived at the ground this morning believing they could win this game. They will look for a change of fortune in the Championship when Essex visit the Kia Oval on Easter Sunday.

Graham Ford spoke to Surrey TV about the defeat to Glamorgan in the video below

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