Published: 11th May, 2014
Surrey closed on 118-6 on the opening day at the Kia Oval after Gloucestershire were all out for 168. Matthew Dunn recorded career best figures of 5-48 but Surrey then found themselves 62-6 until Jason Roy and Chris Tremlett formed a partnership worth 56 to get Surrey through to stumps.
On a cloudy morning at the Kia Oval Surrey won the toss and decided to bowl first. Tim Linley, Tom Curran, Gary Wilson and Tremlett all came back into the starting XI and Dunn gave Surrey an excellent start when he trapped Chris Dent LBW for 1 to leave the visitors 5-1.
Will Tavare had a moment of luck when he was dropped second ball off Dunn and at the other end Michael Klinger had his moments of luck but both batsmen started to settle. Tavare looked in particularly good form and Klinger found the boundary on either side of the wicket.
Together the Gloucestershire pair moved their partnership past fifty but on 24 Klinger edged a terrific delivery from Curran and Wilson took the catch behind the stumps. Tavare was joined by Alex Gidman who has an excellent record against Surrey and they moved their side towards lunch.
Dunn was reintroduced to the attack from the Vauxhall End and just before the interval he nipped one back to Gidman on 13 and trapped him LBW to leave Gloucestershire 100-3 to even up the morning session.
After the interval Dunn bowled Hamish Marshall with a searing delivery for 9 and Curran claimed his second wicket of the day when he had Benny Howell well caught by Graeme Smith at first slip for 3.
Tavare was the only batsmen getting to grips with proceedings and he moved to an excellent fifty from 105 deliveries an innings that contained five boundaries. But on 59 he edged a good delivery from Linley and Smith took another catch to leave the visitors wobbling at 130-6.
That became 134-7 when Linley had Ian Saxelby well taken by Wilson behind the stumps for 3 and Tremlett then claimed his first wicket thanks to a brilliant catch from Rory Burns that saw the end of Cameron Herring.
Gloucestershire were 164-9 when Dunn had Graeme McCarter caught by Dominic Sibley at leg gully for 1. And Dunn claimed a deserved fifth wicket and his career best figures as another good catch from Burns saw Matt Taylor depart for 2 and Gloucestershire all out for 168.
Surrey’s reply started with Burns whipping Fuller to the midwicket boundary to get off the mark. But on 7 Fuller found Burns’ outside edge and Herring took the catch behind the stumps. And Surrey found themselves 14-2 as Fuller dismissed Sibley in identical fashion for 1.
Smith and Ansari came together and set about repairing the early damage with the captain playing a couple of handsome shots down the ground. Taylor then got one to bounce at Ansari that struck him on the elbow and forced him to retire hurt on 9 and almost immediately Smith was LBW to Howell for 14.
And Surrey were in deep trouble when Steven Davies was caught by Tavare at third slip off Taylor without scoring. Jason and Roy and Wilson came together with Surrey 35-4 and set about trying to repair the damage. They moved the score onto 62 when Wilson top edged a pull shot on 16 and the catch was taken by substitute fielder Tom Smith.
Curran then departed second ball when he was bowled by Fuller without scoring and Surrey found themselves in deep, deep trouble at 62-6. Roy was joined by Tremlett and they both got their heads down in the face of some excellent bowling from the visitors.
Roy played sensibly and Tremlett kept him company as they moved Surrey past the hundred mark. Roy played a couple of handsome drives and in tough circumstances the Surrey pair took their invaluable partnership past fifty.
Together they guided Surrey through to stumps with the scoreboard reading 118-6 with Roy unbeaten on 44 and Tremlett 19*. They will look to add as many more as they can tomorrow and any sort of lead could prove to be crucial for either side in this game.