Published: 3rd April, 2014
Surrey beat Cambridge MCCU by 302 runs at Fenner’s as the hosts were all out just before lunch for 121 on the final day. Tom Curran (3-35) and Stuart Meaker (3-38) did the damage with the ball as Surrey wrapped up their opening victory of the First Class season in two and a half days.
Cambridge MCCU began the morning on their overnight 27-3 with Nipuna Seneratne and Tom Elliott at the crease. Both batsmen started solidly but Meaker made the breakthrough when he had Elliott brilliantly caught by Gareth Batty at 1st slip for 9.
Tim Linley was testing the batsmen from the Gresham Road End as Seneratne continued to show a calm temperament in the face some of top quality quick bowling. But the hosts found themselves 51-5 when Chad Yates tried to turn Meaker into the legside on 4 and presented the bowler with a simple return catch.
Meaker claimed his third wicket of the morning when he uprooted Adam Mansfield’s off stump with a searing yorker. Seneratne continued to illustrate an excellent technique and he was joined by Zain Shahzad who knuckled down against the Surrey bowlers.
Curran came into the attack and claimed his maiden First Class wicket when he trapped Shahzad LBW for 9 to leave Cambridge 70-7. And Curran had a second wicket when he brought Seneratne’s defiant innings to an end on 25 courtesy of an excellent catch at 2nd slip by Gary Wilson.
Curran finished the game when he bowled Patrick Sadler for 8 as with Will Barrett unable to bat Cambridge were all out for 121.
An excellent performance from Surrey at Fenner’s and attention now turns to the opening LV=County Championship match of the season against Glamorgan starting on Sunday at the Kia Oval.