Published: 16th July, 2018
Scott Borthwick’s highest first-class score for Surrey, 153*, gave the home side the advantage after day one of the three-day tour match against West Indies A.
Tom Curran, captaining Surrey, won the toss and sent openers Mark Stoneman and Arun Harinath in to bat at a sunny Kia Oval. A fantastic diving catch by Campbell in the slips removed Stoneman (1) in the third over, and Borthwick came to the crease with Surrey 9/1.
The West Indies opening pair – Lewis and Holder – looked dangerous, and the latter thought he had Harinath caught in the tenth over but the chance was put down in the slips. It was Shepherd, replacing Lewis, who did get Harinath’s (10) wicket as the 31-year-old was caught at mid-on off Shepherd.
20-year-old Ryan Patel then came to the crease, and his 131-run partnership with Scott Borthwick steadied Surrey’s ship. The pair looked settled, and it was Borthwick who brought up Surrey’s 50 with a neat pull shot before bringing up his own half-century shortly after and lunch came with the home side 99/2.
Patel was bowled trying to pull Holder in the 42nd over and it was wicket keeper Adam Rouse – on loan from Kent for this fixture – who proved Borthwick’s next long-term partner as Will Jacks (10) and Tom Curran (0) were both caught within an over of each other.
The introduction of spin was the trick to remove Rouse (36), as West Indies A introduced Campbell from the Vauxhall End who after conceding just four runs in his first two overs, claimed Rouse’s wicket in his third.
Borthwick reached 1,000 first-class runs for Surrey en route to his 153*, his highest score for the Club and was applauded by the Pavilion and team-mates alike as he left the field.
Morkel was the man to end the day in the middle with Borthwick after Meaker (5) was bowled by an in-swinging ball from pace-man Lewis, and Mat Pillans (10) was caught behind.
Surrey finished on 309/8, with 83 overs bowled in the day. Play resumes tomorrow at 11am, with free entry to all at the Kia Oval – including access to the Micky Stewart Members’ Pavilion – and a live stream, which will be available at KiaOval.com.