Published: 20th April, 2017
Surrey Second XI’s opening Championship game of the season is well poised going into its third and final day in Southampton – with Hampshire needing 199 to win.
Whilst that may seem a low fourth innings target, it has been a low scoring game, with Surrey only managing 186 in their second innings yesterday after they had bowled Hampshire out for 218 to secure a small first innings lead at the Ageas Bowl.
The fact it was only a small lead, of 13 runs, was largely down to the lower order resilience of Chris Wood who hit 75 from number eight, batting with Brad Taylor (23) to add a vital 64 for the eighth wicket and then Asher Hart (19*), who helped him add another 59 for the ninth as Surrey spinners Freddie van den Bergh and Amar Virdi eventually accounted for the last three wickets, all LBW.
With time in the game, Surrey had the chance to run up a daunting total for Hampshire to chase but lost openers Arun Harinath (12) and Ryan Patel (24) with the score on 38 and then Euan Woods (3) and Stuart Meaker (0) with the score on 50. Three of the four to fall were to Wood.
The in form Ollie Pope (47) put on 27 with van den Bergh (6) but became Wood’s fourth victim when he was caught behind by Calvin Dickinson and with wickets falling regularly to Hampshire leg spinner Mason Crane, who ended with 5-77, it was good late order tail wagging from Conor McKerr (26*), Amar Virdi (23) and Ravi Rampaul (16) that helped Surrey post 186 and give the bowlers a target on the final day.
Hampshire openers Ben Duggan (2*) and Will Smith (19*) survived the last eight overs of the day to take the hosts 21 runs closer to their target – with a further 178 required when the players return at 11am. Follow the action live here.