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Borthwick Hammers Century Against Cambridge

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Published: 13th April, 2018

Scott Borthwick led the charge as Surrey made 466/9 and dominated the visiting Cambridge MCCU bowling attack on the first day of their final pre-season friendly.

Batting at three, Borthwick reached his century off just 129 balls with 13 fours and two sixes along the way at the Kia Oval before eventually chipping up to mid on for 108.

The three-day match at the Kia Oval began with Surrey winning the toss and the top order tucked in early on, reaching 159/1 by lunch.

Burns celebrated his first match at the Kia Oval as club captain with a rapid 76 off just 63 balls including 15 fours and one six. He took the charge to Cambridge first up before being caught and bowled with his side on 106.

That brought Borthwick out to the middle and he initially sat back as Patel powered towards his half-century. He was then stumped for 55 having hit eight boundaries including one maximum.

Will Jacks chased a wide one for just a single run after Patel had gone then Ollie Pope looked to have got on top of the bowling before sending a thick edge to first slip for 14.

Borthwick’s wicket was the next to fall with Surrey on 284/5 at the time. Arun Harinath and Rikki Clarke enjoyed a fruitful partnership, with Harinath watchful and Clarke aggressive.

The latter went for 20 when he skied the slow left arm bowler Handley. Handley had his fourth with the next delivery as he bowled Gareth Batty through the gate.

Harinath remained cautious on his way to a half century off more than 100 balls as Pillans smashed his way to the same milestone off just 38 deliveries.

Harinath was then dismissed by a sweet out swinger for 55 and Dernbach replaced him with only one thing in his mind; swinging hard.

It worked well as the pair put on 58 together in the closing minutes of the day with an array of shots to every corner of the ground.

Dernbach was caught in the covers for 35 off just 16 balls but Pillans ended the day unbeaten on 81 off just 64 balls accompanied by Matt Dunn on two.

We’ll have regular updates throughout Day 2 and 3 on Twitter at @surreycricket.

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