NOTTINGHAMSHIRE V SURREY - Specsavers County
Championship - 12 April 2016
Surrey 225 & 297-5.
Arun Harinath and Kumar Sangakkara led the Surrey fightback on the
third day of their Specsavers County Championship match against
Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge. Harinath scored an undefeated 114
and Sangakkara made 83 as the pair shared a second wicket stand of
142, to help propel the visitors to 297 for five by stumps, an
overall lead of 76 runs. Jake Ball was the most impressive bowler on
display, returning figures of three for 77.
A wet outfield wiped out the entire morning session, leaving players
and spectators alike having to come to terms with the news
surrounding James Taylor’s enforced retirement from the game. When
play commenced at 2pm Ball was immediately clipped through midwicket
for a brace of boundaries before adjusting his line slightly to trap
Rory Burns lbw for 17. Aided by some fluent cover drives and
purposeful running, Sangakkara reached his 50 from 62 deliveries,
with nine fours and was unbeaten on 83 at tea. At that stage Surrey
had reduced their deficit to only 58 and had two batsmen well set at
the crease but the resumption tilted the balance back towards Notts.
Ball struck with his opening delivery of the final session, having
Sangakkara caught behind by Chris Read, before following up with an
identical dismissal to get Steven Davies for nought. Jason Roy, who
had blazed a punchy 28 in the first innings, helped Harinath wipe
out the deficit with some powerful drives but the overall lead was
only 12 when he was pinned in his crease by Brett Hutton for 37.
Harinath moved to 96 with his first maximum, hooking Hutton over the
square leg fence and then reached three figures by sweeping Samit
Patel fine for his 14th boundary, from his 182nd delivery. Ben
Foakes played his second attractive knock of the match but, as in
the first innings when he fell for 38, he threw away the chance of a
sizeable score when he chipped straight back to Patel for 26 after a
stand of 55. Surrey’s hopes of emerging unscathed – or better – will
depend on Harinath being able to extend his innings deep into the
final day, with the second new ball only seven overs away.
HARRY GURNEY (Notts):
"The pitch was probably a but little slower today but they
batted very well. It takes it into an interesting fourth day and
it’s a cricketing cliché, the first hour will be very important. The
second new ball will be crucial, hopefully we can knock them over
quickly and not have too many to chase."
Surrey’s hopes of avoiding defeat in their opening
match of the new season were given a boost on the third afternoon of
their Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire
at Trent Bridge. Kumar Sangakkara and Arun Harinath added an
unbroken 138 together for the second wicket to take the visitors to
163 for one in their second innings, 58 runs behind. A wet outfield
wiped out the entire morning session and when play commenced at 2pm
Jake Ball swiftly trapped Rory Burns lbw for 17. Sangakkara and
Harinath, aided by some fluent cover drives and purposeful running,
blunted the home attack, despite the bowler-friendly overhead
conditions. Sangakkara reached his 50 from 62 deliveries, with nine
fours and was unbeaten on 83 at tea, with Harinath on 53 not out,
having got to his 50 from 107 balls.
No play was possible on the third morning of
Nottinghamshire’s Specsavers County Championship match against
Surrey at Trent Bridge. Overnight rain and morning drizzle left
puddles on the outfield and with very little wind to blow it away
conditions failed to improve until around midday. The groundstaff
have started their mopping up operations and the umpires have
confirmed that they will inspect at 1.25pm in order to assess the
possibility of a resumption in play. At the close of the second day
Surrey were on 14 without loss in their second innings, still 207
runs behind the home county.