Published: 25th April, 2014
Surrey Second XI have completed their week in Bristol on a high, beating Gloucestershire in their opening Second XI Trophy match of the season.
Batting first in Bristol, Surrey lost Tom Lancefield (10) early on but were boosted by a strong partnership between Arun Harinath (40) and Aneesh Kapil (68).
When Harinath was dismissed by Jack Taylor, PG Academy batsman Ollie Batchelor followed without scoring but triallist Adam Rouse (101) came to the crease and played excellently.
Starting off with Kapil and then playing alongside Bradley Erasmus (57), Rouse’s century – scored from just 66 balls – formed the meat of the Surrey innings.
When he was fifth out, dismissed by Marc Lezar, Surrey had posted 283 and thanks to first Eramus and them some lusty striking from Tim Linley, they eventually reached 332 all out from 49.2 overs.
333 was a big ask for the hosts to chase down but after Taylor was bowled by George Edwards for a duck, Housego (28) and Gilmour (56) made a solid start to take Gloucestershire onto 80 before Edwards struck again, having Housego caught behind by Rouse.
After that, other than home skipper Ian Cockbain, whose 113 from 89 balls saved his side from embarrassment, all Gloucestershire players struggled to make an impact.
Pick of the Surrey bowlers were Edwards (4/54) and young spinner Chris Jones – another PG Academy member – whose 3/30 accounted for opener Gilmour as well as tail enders TW Shrewsbury and Paul Grieshaber.
Eventually, trying to keep up with a climbing rate, Gloucestershire were dismissed for 267, handing Surrey the win by 65 runs.
To see a full scoreboard from the match, please click here.
The Second XI are next in action in a two friendly against Sussex in Horsham, starting on Monday April 28th. Live scores for this match can be followed here.