Published: 28th March, 2014
Jason Roy struck a tremendous century at Chelmsford on the final day of the pre-season game against Essex as Surrey enjoyed another excellent day. Roy looked in excellent touch alongside Gary Wilson who made 82 and late in the afternoon Rory Burns made 51 as Surrey finished the day as they had started.
Surrey resumed the second day on their overnight 104-5 with Roy 39* and Wilson being given another opportunity out in the middle. Wilson started in positive fashion and Roy looked very solid as they began the morning in excellent fashion.
When Roy punched Tymal Mills down the ground for a couple of runs he moved to his fifty from 67 balls with eight crisply struck boundaries. Wilson began to get into his stride with two handsome shots off Graham Napier as the partnership moved past fifty.
Mills was working up a head of steam from the River End but Wilson and Roy both illustrated excellent technique against the short ball and were quick to seize on any delivery offering width. Both batsmen played some memorable shots as Roy greeted the introduction of Sajid Mahmood with three consecutive boundaries.
The scoring rate escalated as both batsmen continued to enjoy themselves and Wilson moved to hist fifty from 82 balls. Roy then raced to a very fine century in the grandest manner by launching Greg Smith into the Pavilion for six as his hundred arrived from 99 deliveries and included 16 handsome boundaries.
Roy promptly retired on 104 but Wilson continued to play extremely well and looked destined for a well deserved century. But on 82 he drove tom Westley straight to extra cover at which point Surrey declared on 263-7 with Steven Davies 3*.
Lunch was taken and after the interval Tim Linley and Chris Tremlett opened proceedings with the new ball. They both found a testing line and length against Jake Mickleburgh and Westley making them work hard for their runs.
Stuart Meaker replaced Tremlett from the Hayes Close End of the ground and immediately made the breakthrough when he had Mickleburgh well caught by Tom Curran at backward point for 6. Westley looked in very good form and he dominated the scoring as he moved to fifty.
Westley retired on 56 and Tom Curran then trapped Greg Smith LBW for 4 to leave Essex 81-3. Surrey bowled tightly throughout the afternoon and Essex completed their allocated 31 overs with the scoreboard reading 101-3.
Burns and Zafar Ansari made their way out to the middle to open Surrey’s second innings and both looked solid immediately. A fascinating battle developed between the Surrey pair and Mills who again bowled quickly as Ansari and Burns were both tested by the left arm seamer.
They moved Surrey past fifty as the sun came out and run scoring became easier thanks to the their earlier hard work. Burns began to find the boundary with regularity and moved to his fifty from 66 balls but on 51 he was caught in the deep off Saj Mahmood to leave Surrey 76-1.
Ansari continued to looked very secure at the crease and he was joined by Gareth Batty who immediately danced down the pitch and put Westley straight back over his head for six. Together they took Surrey through to stumps with the scoreboard reading 106-1 with Ansari 30* and Batty unbeaten on 15.
An excellent two days against Essex and Surrey will now focus their attention on the opening First Class game of the season at Fenner’s starting on Tuesday.