Published: 19th April, 2017
Surrey Second XI started their competitive campaign strongly – with a good bowling effort ensuring they were on top at the end of day one against Hampshire.
However, the day did not start well for Surrey with Ryan Patel (0) – a centurion last week in Sussex – dismissed for a duck by Ryan Stevenson off just his third ball.
Euan Woods (3) followed shortly afterwards, accounted for by former England man Reece Topley, before wicket keeper Ollie Pope (92) joined Arun Harinath to add 44 for the third wicket, which was Harinath, caught behind off Stevenson.
Freddie van den Bergh (20), Academy batsman Sam Hall (14) and Stuart Meaker (18) all helped out Pope to bring Surrey up to 194/6 when the Cranleigh born keeper perished just short of a Second XI century for the second week in a row, adjudged LBW to Topley.
Fast bowler Conor McKerr (28*) was the primary aggressor in the latter stages as Surrey’s tail briefly wagged to take the total up to 231 all out.
What had seemed like Hampshire’s day up until that point then took a different turn, as a concerted Surrey bowling effort turned the tables on the hosts.
Ben Duggan (18) and Will Smith (36) had collectively added 51 for the first wicket when Gus Atkinson struck to have Duggan caught behind by Patel, with Amar Virdi then dismissing Jake Goodwin (1), Stuart Meaker getting rid of the experienced Smith and Virdi taking his second when he bowled Ian Holland (1) to send Hampshire crashing from 51/0 to 72/4 in just over ten overs.
The final wicket of the day to fall went to van den Bergh, who trapped Calvin Dickenson LBW in the final over of the day to see Hampshire end the day on a ropey 85/5.