Surrey 2nds are in action for the final time in 2021 with a four-day fixture against Gloucestershire at Rockhampton CC.
Ben Foakes & Nicholas Kimber are making their return from injury while there is vital game time for the likes of Daniel Moriarty, Conor McKerr, James Taylor & Jade Dernbach.
Surrey batted first with Academy man Raguvaran Aravinthan & Justin Broad opening up. Aravinthan scored quickly with 41 from 55 balls before he was out before wicket keeper Josh Blake came in and made 19.
Broad’s long stay of 78 runs from 139 balls ended in ridiculous circumstances as bowler Jack Taylor got a finger on Ben Foakes’ straight drive and diverted the ball on to the non-striker’s stumps. Foakes hit five boundaries himself before he was caught for 37.
Nicholas Kimber had joined Foakes and continued impressively once he was gone, eventually being bowled for a well-made 60. Captain for the week Conor McKerr made 33 before George Ealham reached 53 not out and James Taylor 6 not out at stumps with Surrey on 366/7.
Surrey put on 24 before losing the final three wickets in the first innings, giving them a total of 390.
Conor McKerr stood out early on taking the wickets of Benny Howell & Ian Cockbain while fellow seamer James Taylor took the other top order scalp. Then followed two from slow left armer Daniel Moriarty before a partnership of well over 100 between Ben Wells and Oliver Meadows. This was eventually ended by Moriarty’s third of the day.
Gloucestershire eventually finished on 267/7, still 123 behind Surrey halfway through the fixture.
Those final three Gloucestershire wickets took 25 runs to come, meaning Surrey took a first innings lead of 98.
However, with only three players passing 20 in Surrey’s second innings and the team being bowled out for 164 in 58.4 overs, the hosts are very much in the game.
It was Gloucestershire’s Max Trotman, playing for Surrey due to the end of Ben Foakes’ allotted time on the field on his come back from injury, who top scored with 43.
With 263 to win, Gloucestershire made 71/2 before stumps meaning they need another 192 on the final day and Surrey require eight wickets.
Due to extensive rain in the morning, there was no play possible on the final day.