Surrey Dominate Final Day of Pre-Season

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Published: 15th April, 2018

Surrey came out on top of a drawn match with Cambridge MCCU in their final pre-season match of the 2018 season.

After Scott Borthwick’s hundred and a good team bowling performance had helped Surrey start the third day with a lead of 300, young pair Ryan Patel (38*) and Ollie Pope (68*) batted solidly all morning.

Over the second evening and the third morning, the two 20-year-olds put on an unbroken 104 together – Pope utilising his natural aggressive instincts to move through the gears as the morning went on, hitting a pair of big sixes before captain Rory Burns called an end to the innings with Surrey on 119/1.

Needing to take ten wickets to secure the victory, Surrey couldn’t have asked for a better start as Jade Dernbach dismissed Akil Greenidge with the second ball of the innings, caught low by Rikki Clarke in the slips.

Dernbach struck again with his last ball before lunch, Harrison Palmer feathering through to Ollie Pope behind the stumps as the students went into the break on 28/2.

With six bowlers used in the afternoon, Surrey continued to stick to their lines well. Dernbach took a third when Ben Seabrook chopped on before Mat Pillans had Jack Keeping caught slogging into the leg side, Rikki Clarke angled one in that Drew Brierley unwisely left alone and Matt Dunn got the Cambridge captain, Callum Guest, caught by Clarke at slip, this time high above his head.

Cambridge were 106/6 at tea before, with the Surrey players out in the middle ready to start the final session, the umpires decided that the light on a gloomy afternoon in Kennington had sufficiently decreased to take the players off.

Twenty minutes later, with a further drop in the luminosity out in the middle, the captains agreed to shake hands to bring an end to a valuable pre-season work out.

Surrey will start their competitive summer with the visit of Hampshire in Specsavers County Championship on Friday (April 20th). The action gets underway at 11am.

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