Good opening day in Paarl


Published: 12th March, 2014

Surrey enjoyed an excellent opening day with both bat and ball against a Boland XI in Paarl. Rory Burns (62), Steven Davies (50) and Zafar Ansari (43) took Surrey to 223-5 off their allocated 60 overs. And in reply the home side closed on 152-7 after a good performance with the ball in the afternoon.

Surrey won the toss on a perfect day in Paarl and decided to bat first. Arun Harinath and Rory Burns opened the innings and after a watchful start both began to get into their stride. Burns as he has done all tour looked fluent and memorably pulled Henry over midwicket for six and Harinath was disciplined in defence.

They moved the score past fifty as Burns found the boundary through the covers on a couple of occasions. Harinath had moved onto 20 when he looked to cut Henry and was caught behind but the foundations had been laid at 90-1.

Burns moved to an excellent fifty from 86 balls with a handsome boundary straight down the ground and he was joined by Zafar Ansari and together they took Surrey to lunch with the scoreboard reading 120-1 to complete a good morning session for Surrey.

After the interval Burns immediately fell for 62 when he flicked a delivery from Erasmus straight to midwicket. Ansari looked very fluent, using his feet against the spinners and finding the boundary on either side of the wicket. He was joined by Steven Davies who immediately looked at his fluent best but Surrey found themselves 156-3 when Ansari was stumped off Erasmus for 43.

Davies continued to caress the ball around Paarl but Jason Roy departed without scoring to leave Surrey 172-4. Davies seamlessly moved to his half century but the then cut a delivery from Adams to backward point and departed for 50.

Gareth Batty and Tom Jewell took Surrey through their agreed 60 overs to 223-5 with Jewell 17* and Batty unbeaten on 3. Boland’s reply started well with Philemon dominating the scoring but on 23 he was trapped LBW by Chris Tremlett for 23.

After the tea break Matthew Dunn was introduced into the attack and he immediately had the batsman on the back foot. And it was 55-2 when Dunn hurried Bredenkamp into a false shot on 11 and Jack Winslade took a simple catch.

Stuart Meaker then claimed his first wicket with a searing delivery that had Petersen caught behind for 19. And the home side suddenly found themselves 59-4 when Dunn trapped Bireckenstop LBW for 0.

Batty introduced himself into the attack and immediately made life difficult for the Boland batsmen. And he then bowled Lorgat between bat and pad with a cracking delivery  to leave the home side in trouble. The Surrey attack were making life extremely difficult for the batsmen but Erasmus and Henry came together and steadied the innings.

Together the Boland pair guided their side safely through to stumps with the scoreboard reading 152-7. Surrey will be very pleased with their day’s work and will be looking to finish the tour strongly on the second and final day at Paarl tomorrow.

Surrey TV spoke to Matthew Dunn about the opening day in Paarl in the video below

Matthew Dunn – ” A really good opening day “ from Surrey Cricket on Vimeo.


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