Published: 14th April, 2019
Surrey’s Elite Performance Group continued their excellent form in Sri Lanka with two solid performances in two-day red-ball matches.
Our U15s side enjoyed a 100-run victory after declarations in both innings while the U17s batted throughout the second day to guarantee a draw after conceding a first innings deficit.
The U15s set their stall out almost immediately with 82 from 129 balls for number three Veer Patel and 64 from 67 for Joe Baldwin in the lower order took Surrey to 225/7 before a declaration.
They weren’t then in the field for long, bowling out Wadduwha College for 103 in just 33.2 overs. Joe Sheridan and Harry Gardner were the star performers with the ball, claiming three wickets each.
Surrey then scored 86/3 in just 25 overs before declaring to set up a shot at the victory. It was a similar story for the hosts in the second inning as they ended up 108 all out and still 100 short.
The wickets were shared out in the innings with Shoaib Bashir taking three and two apiece for Cameron Ellis, Tom Humphreys, Joe Baldwin and Ollie Sykes.
While that was taking place, Surrey’s U17s pulled off an excellent second innings escape in their two-day match. Having been all out for 101 in their first innings, they conceded a 95 run lead as St Anthony’s College registered 196 with two wickets apiece for Freddie Geffen and Trishan Patel.
With the entirety of the second day still to play, it took a determined performance in sweltering conditions on a tough batting surface to bat out the overs. George Roberts (92) and George Ealham (56) were the stars for Surrey, absorbing much of the bowling throughout the day.
The U17s will play another two-day match over the 15th and 16th while the U15s play a pair of white ball matches before the group return to the UK.