Roy Century lights up Paarl


Published: 13th March, 2014

Jason Roy struck an unbeaten century and Gareth Batty made 63 as Surrey enjoyed an excellent final day at Boland Park. Surrey set a Boland XI 280 to win the game and reduced the home side to 75-5 until an unbeaten century partnership between Petersen and Henry saw the game end as a draw.

Boland began the morning on their overnight 152-7 in their First Innings and Tom Curran made an immediate impact with his first delivery of the day when he trapped Erasmus LBW for 31. Stuart Meaker bowled quickly but it was Jack Winslade who reduced the home side to 176-9 when he had Dill caught behind for 10.

Winslade finished the Boland innings when he bowled Henry for 47 as the hosts were all out for 179. Batty and Zafar Ansari opened the batting for Surrey and Ansari got off the mark with a lovely straight drive for four.  Ansari then looked to pull a short ball from Dill but was unluckily bowled off the inside edge to leave Surrey 13-1.

Batty looked to be positive in both attack and defence and played nicely either side of the wicket. Steven Davies was immediately fluent but he then looked to drive Adams and was caught behind for 12.

Roy joined Batty and after a watchful start began to use his feet against the spin of Erasmus and found the boundary with a couple of elegant shots. Batty continued to play positively and as lunch arrived Surrey found themselves 92-2 with Batty 47* and Roy unbeaten on 20

After the interval Batty moved to an excellent fifty with a single off Loubser into the legside and Roy began to play with confidence and authority. They began to dominate the Boland attack under the afternoon sun and the runs began to flow.

Batty had reached 63 when he cut Bredenkamp straight to cover point to end a third wicket partnership that had been worth 92. Roy continued to play fluently and moved to his fifty with a hook shot off Henry that soared for six. Tom Jewell departed off Henry to leave Surrey 155-4 and Stuart Meaker was then dismissed for 1.

Roy was now playing beautifully, batting with rhythm and playing a number of memorable shots including a driven six over extra cover and at the other end Chris Tremlett was also playing with freedom.

The partnership moved past fifty and Roy raced into the nineties as he dominated the Boland attack. And Roy then brought up his century with a single down the ground from his 99th delivery – it had been an excellent innings.

Surrey came to the end of their allocated overs with the scoreboard reading 235-5 with Tremlett 31* and Roy unbeaten on 100. Boland needed 280 to win from 40 overs but they were immediately in trouble at 26-2 with Tremlett and Jewell taking a wicket each. The new ball pair were putting batsmen under pressure and Jewell claimed a second wicket when he had Birckenstock caught by Batty at slip for 10.

Roy’s day got better when he came into the attack and dismissed Lorgat without scoring leaving the hosts 64-4. And that became 75-5 when Loubser was caught by Jewell at slip off Batty for 5. Boland needed a partnership and Petersen and Henry delivered. They batted sensibly and Petersen played some lovely shots as he moved to an excellent fifty and Henry began to find his tempo. They guided Boland into a period of safety as Henry moved to his fifty and as the partnership reached 100 the players shook hands and settled for a draw with the hosts 175-5.

The Surrey squad fly back to England tomorrow at the end of the tour that has seen them work extremely hard and has proved to be ideal preparation as they build towards the start of the domestic season.

Watch the video below to hear Jason Roy’s thoughts on his hundred in Paarl

Jason Roy – “Happy to get runs under my belt” from Surrey Cricket on Vimeo.


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