The first day of the season for Surrey supporters saw the sunny weather of previous days disappear in favour of windier and far chillier conditions. Fortunately the flask of hot Orange Barley Water served Yates well throughout a day which did little to offer any answers to the questions about Surrey’s batting order.
Matthew Spriegel and Chris Jordan opened the batting for Surrey. Although Spriegel looked the more compact of the two, he did give a chance to slip before being trapped in front. Jordan played too far from his body for an opener but nailed bad balls when they came his way. Gary Wilson was cautious before he was trapped in front by the left arm seamer Reece. Jordan went to his 50 then Reece then produced a lovely yorker which sent Jordan’s middle stump cartwheeling.
Rory Hamilton-Brown didn’t hang around. If a ball was there to be hit then it was. Then on 22 he nibbled at Leach’s medium pace and was caught behind. Jason Roy didn’t hang around either, lbw to Leach second ball.
Tom Maynard and Rory Burns steadied the Surrey ship. Maynard was his usual pugnacious self, giving the ball some frightful thumps while Burns played himself in and supported Maynard well. Their partnership took a lot of steam out of the students’ sails, although it should be said the students generally acquitted themselves well in the field. Burns played some pleasing drives and when presented with anything short and wide he duly obliged.
Maynard was lbw on 91. Jewell, Linley and van den Bergh did enough to score a few runs and hang around for Burns to get to a well deserved maiden first class hundred, at which point Surrey declared.
You can the second day review at the Surrey Cricket Blog.