DURHAM V SURREY - Specsavers County Championship -
15 September 2016
Durham 401 & 246. Surrey 367 & 259. Durham won by 21 runs.
Ben Stokes finally came to the party for Durham,
ending their relegation worries by taking four Surrey wickets in a
gripping finish at Chester-le-Street. After scoring 24 and nought,
and remaining wicketless until the final session, Stokes took four
for 54 as Surrey were dismissed for 259 to lose by 21 runs.
Jason Roy fell four short of his second century of
the match, but Surrey were kept in the hunt by a fearless unbeaten
50 from 18-year-old Sam Curran to go with his seven for 58 in
Durham's second innings.
Surrey could have slight concerns over Roy and
Zafar Ansari ahead of Saturday's Royal London Cup final after both
needed treatment for hand injuries. Following their first innings
stand of 164 the pair put on 143 after coming together at 11 for
three in pursuit of 281.
After the persistent murk of the previous day,
play again began with the floodlights on, but the sun was starting
to emerge as Roy went to the crease and batting became more
comfortable after lunch.
On nine Durham were convinced Roy had edged Brydon
Carse's first ball to wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter, then he edged the
next ball where third slip had been prior to becoming a second
He played with calm authority afterwards, but was
struck on the hand by Carse on 44. After a lengthy delay he hooked
the paceman to fine leg for one of the nine fours in his 79-ball
Ansari was on 32 when he needed treatment
following a ball from Mark Wood. Two on-driven fours off Graham
Onions provided the highlight as he progressed to 51. Durham had to
turn to Scott Borthwick and in his second over he turned one sharply
into the left-hander to have him lbw on the back foot.
Roy's 132-ball innings was ended by the first ball
after tea when he gloved an attempted pull off Stokes to the
Sam Curran cracked Stokes to the cover boundary
three times off the back foot before the England all-rounder
tightened up with three successive maidens, the last of which
included two wickets.
A stand of 54 ended when Ben Foakes pushed firmly
and edged to Borthwick at second slip. Two balls later Tom Curran
edged to Poynter, bringing in Gareth Batty with 59 needed. He helped
to add 30 before falling to a stunning catch by Keaton Jennings,
diving to his left at third slip.
Onions took the last two, Stuart Meaker edging a
drive to first slip before Mark Footitt had his stumps splattered.
In the morning murk Durham's two remaining wickets added 33.
Curran took his seventh when Onions drove a full
toss to mid-off and Durham were all out for 246. Wood quickly took
two wickets when Surrey batted, producing a snorter to have Kumar
Sangakkara well caught by Poynter second ball.
It didn't look good for Surrey, but Roy, Ansari
and the younger Curran ensured a thrilling climax.
Ben Stokes said: "The captain was going to take me
off the over before I got Gareth Batty. But I felt everything was
clicking. I was in good rhythm and I didn't want to give the ball
"We bowled a few maidens in a row and built the
pressure, which always tells in those situations."
Surrey skipper Gareth Batty said: "It was a great
game which could have gone either way. I don't feel we lost it today
because we batted magnificently against a very good attack.
"We gave them a few too many boundary balls in
their first innings and we have to learn from our mistakes.
"Sam Curran bowled beautifully in the second
innings and that spell should have turned the game, but we let it
drift again. Sam showed again today with the bat what a wonderful
talent he is. The sky's the limit for him."
Jason Roy was four short of his second century of
the match at tea, when Surrey were 168 for four, needing a further
113. After his first innings stand of 164 with Zafar Ansari the pair
put on 143 after coming together at 11 for three.
Durham had to turn to Scott Borthwick and in his
second over he turned one sharply into left-hander Ansari to have
him lbw on the back foot for 51. Both batsmen needed treatment for
hand injuries, which was slightly worrying for them ahead of
Saturday's Royal London Cup final.
Roy was struck by Brydon Carse on 44 but then
hooked the paceman to fine leg for one of the nine fours in his
79-ball half-century. On 65 he inside-edged Mark Wood just past his
leg stump for four, but with the pitch offering little under a
cloudless sky he looked more secure than in the first innings and
played an array of powerful shots.
Mark Wood struck two quick blows when Surrey began
their pursuit of 280 to beat Durham at Chester-le-Street. With
Graham Onions also picking up a wicket, the visitors were 11 for
three before the sun came out and Jason Roy and Zafar Ansair took
them to 57 for three at lunch.
As in the first innings, Roy rode his luck. Durham
were convinced they had him caught behind on nine off Brydon Carse's
first ball, then he edged the next where third slip had been prior
to becoming a second gully. Roy had two more edged fours off Carse,
one just evading gully, on his way to 29 at the break.
Wood moved one away from Dominic Sibley to have
him caught at first slip off the fifth ball of the innings, then
produced a snorter to remove Kumar Sangakkara second ball. It lifted
and left the Sri Lankan master for wicketkeeper Stuart Poynter to
take a good catch high to his left.
Rory Burns twice drove Wood down the ground on his
way to nine before he shaped to pull Onions and ended up skying a
catch to gully. The murk which persisted yesterday was still around
when play began with the floodlights on.
Durham's two remaining wickets added 33, the bulk
of them coming from the impressive Carse, who remained unbeaten on
He turned Mark Footitt off his hip for four behind
square then hooked him to the fine leg boundary, but the left-armer
accepted a simple return catch off a leading edge by Wood.
Sam Curran finished with seven for 58 when Onions
drove a full toss to mid-off and Durham were all out for 246.