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Three 50s on batting day against Yorkshire

Published: 11th June, 2019

Stand-in captain Ben Foakes was one of three half-centuries on the second day of Surrey’s Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Yorkshire at Guildford.

Surrey were 290 for 8 when bad light ended play with nine overs not bowled.

The hosts, who are still looking for the first win in their title defence, were going well on 265 for 4 with acting captain Foakes and Championship debutant Jamie Smith adding 118 for the fifth wicket when Patterson struck in his third over with the second new ball.

Foakes, leading Surrey because Rory Burns had a back problem and missed his first Championship game for four years, had made 62 with seven fours when he was bowled trying to run Patterson down to third man.

Will Jacks shouldered arms to the next delivery and lost his off stump and although Rikki Clarke averted the hat-trick Patterson struck again to end a promising innings by Championship debutant Jamie Smith from the final ball of the over.

Smith, 18, had become only the ninth Surrey batsman to make a hundred on first-class debut against MCC in March and he looked the part here, collecting six fours from 117 balls faced until he drove loosely at Patterson.

Patterson had only taken the second new ball because Duanne Olivier was off the field nursing a sore groin and finished the day with 4 for 71 from 24 overs, having had Dean Elgar (24), who was celebrating his 32nd birthday, well caught in the covers by Dom Bess earlier in the day.

Following the first-day washout, it was no surprise Surrey batted after an uncontested toss but Elgar, opening with Mark Stoneman in Burns’ absence, had few problems negotiating the new ball on a slow pitch. They added 78 together and after Elgar’s departure Stoneman moved to 61 before becoming Jordan Thompson’s first Championship victim.

The 22-year-old all-rounder looked a handful and struck in his fifth over when Stoneman, who struck 11 fours, was athletically caught by wicketkeeper Jonny Tattersall as he pushed forward.

The Yorkshire attack restricted Surrey to 44 runs in 16 overs either side of lunch but just when it appeared as if Scott Borthwick and Ryan Patel had got through a tricky spell they departed in the space of four overs.

Patel (19) was lbw half-forward to Ben Coad and Thompson struck again to get rid of Borthwick (21), courtesy of a good catch at second slip by Adam Lyth.

Patterson bowled six overs with the second new ball but when he was replaced Coad struck immediately when he had Rikki Clarke (13) leg before shortly before the players went off because of bad light with Surrey’s other Championship debutant Jordan Clark seven not out.

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