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Borthwick puts Surrey in strong position

Published: 23rd September, 2019

Scott Borthwick’s second hundred of the Specsavers County Championship campaign, plus an unbeaten 78 from Ollie Pope, took Surrey to 246 for 2 against Nottinghamshire on a weather-shortened day at the Kia Oval.

Borthwick was 109 not out when play was abandoned at 4.45pm because of rain, after the players had twice earlier left the field for bad light – once just after 3pm, and before an early tea was taken, and then again at 4pm.

The pair have so far added 176 for the third wicket in 53 overs, although Pope had two narrow escapes – on the day he was selected for England’s winter Test tour of New Zealand – when he might have been stumped on 38 and caught low down at mid wicket when 68.

Pope, otherwise, batted fluently to hit nine fours from 126 balls, while Borthwick’s 19th first-class hundred came from 224 balls and was a well-judged innings on an easy-paced surface.

Nottinghamshire, bottom of Division One and without a championship win this season, had just two successes to celebrate – both in the 17th over, bowled by medium pacer Paul Coughlin.

First he had Mark Stoneman caught for 31 from a thin edge by keeper Tom Moores, flicking at a seemingly harmless legside delivery, and then Jamie Smith departed for a four-ball duck when he wafted at a ball well wide of off stump.

Stoneman and Borthwick had put on 70 for the first wicket after Surrey had won a toss, but auddingly at 70 for 2 tings did not look quite so straightforward.

Borthwick and Pope, though, were equal to the situation – although Pope did enjoy his moments of good fortune when Moores failed to gather the ball when off spinner Matt Carter beat the outside edge with Pope stranded down the pitch and then when Ben Slater could not pull off what would have been an excellent catch at mid wicket.

By stumps Borthwick had batted for four and a half hours, hitting 13 fours from 243 balls and Pope had been at the crease for just over three hours.

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