Published: 31st March, 2014
The Pemberton Greenish Surrey Academy have got off to a great start on their tour of South Africa, winning a pair of One Day games against Somerset College.
After enjoying some middle practice to get the flight out of their legs, Surrey came out fighting for the first game of the tour. Batting first Sam Curran – younger brother of professional player Tom and a member of last year’s National Championship winning Surrey U15s – led the scoring with a composed 87. He was supported by Ryan Patel (37) as Surrey totalled 190/7 from their fifty overs.
This proved to be well beyond the host’s capability to chase. Alex Shoff led the Surrey attack with 3/15, wicket keeper Ollie Pope getting his tour off to a good start by claiming five victims behind the stumps. Somerset College ended their fifty overs on just 133/9, handing Surrey a 57 run victory.
See video footage of the PG Surrey Academy fast bowlers in action here:
The next game proved to be a tighter affair though. Surrey once again batted first, this time ending up 184/9. The mainstay of the innings was Bradley Erasmus, whose 62 was made in good fashion. He received support from Curran and Jamie Smith, who hit 29.
Replying, Somerset made a better fist than the previous day but fell painstakingly short of victory, ending 178 all out. Satbir Mann bowled excellently for his 5/29, with Harry Allen and Will Pereira both taking a brace as Surrey won by six runs.
Today sees the tour move to Cape Town where Surrey will take on the Western Province U17s in a two game, starting tomorrow. Come back to kiaoval.com later in the week for further updates on the tour.