Published: 12th June, 2018
Rory Burns hit a captain’s knock in the first innings of Surrey’s Specsavers County Championship victory over Hampshire at the Ageas Bowl this week.
After seeing his side fall to 0/2 in the first over of the match, Burns was eventually dismissed for 151 after taking his team through to 282/4 on the first day of play.
Taking just 204 balls to reach his second red ball hundred of the campaign, Burns became the first player in Division One to reach 500 runs and also racked up a whopping average of 96.22 against Hampshire.
His 18 boundaries in this mammoth innings all came in fours and here we will take you through each shot.
First four: Settling down
Burns knew it was going to be a difficult recovery for Surrey after losing two wickets in the first over but this was a great start against Dale Steyn.
Second four: Marking his territory
Getting on top of the short ball from the pacey Edwards ensured Burns had the mental advantage over the West Indies quick
Third four: Straight batted
It’s all about keeping the bat straight on its way down and this shot was a perfect example of that.
Fourth four: Clipping the bad ball
A wide one down the leg side still needs to be put away and that’s exactly what Burns did here.
Fifth four: Through the covers
Down on one knee, Burns sent this wide one from Gareth Berg racing to the cover boundary.
Sixth four: Textbook
Hold that pose! Burns uses the angle of the bowling and hits the classic cover drive.
Seventh four: Snap!
Same again from the captain as he and Patel navigated Surrey to safety in the first innings.
Eighth four: Cutting the spin
With the partnership approaching the 80 mark, Hampshire brought on spinner Brad Taylor but Burns still had the answers.
Ninth four: Elegant through the leg side
Abbott angled one in at Burns’ toes but by this point, seeing it excellently, the Surrey captain could do more than just keep it out.
Tenth four: Back to one of his favourites
Steyn returned to the attack but another classic drive from Burns made it clear how the next few overs would go.
Eleventh four: Sending the half volley to the boundary
He got to the pitch of this one and dismissed it with tea on the horizon.
Twelfth four: Dynamic dozen
His first boundary after the break but timed so sweetly that it could only come in the middle of such a lengthy innings.
Thirteenth four: Don’t bowl on his legs
As with most elegant left handers, any delivery on Burns’ legs is a chance for him to cash in.
Fourteenth four: Flashing hard
This one flies away through the cordon with Burns looking to progress the scoring deep into the first day at the Ageas Bowl.
Fifteenth four: Cranking up the pressure
The quick running between Burns and Foakes after this shot shows the run scoring intent of the pair as they both approach milestones.
Sixteenth four: Soft hands
Burns plays this one with soft hands and watches it beat the cordon.
Seventeenth four: Guided away
With an individual 150 approaching and Foakes going beyond 80 himself, Burns and Foakes continued a partnership that was eventually worth 199.
Eighteenth four: A rare short ball to finish
150 up! This proved to be the last boundary of another special Burns innings; one that could well have proved the difference between the teams.