SURREY V LANCASHIRE - Specsavers County
Championship - 26 August 2016
Lancashire 287 & 230. Surrey 480 & 39-0. Surrey won by 10 wickets.
Ten months into his Surrey career and having suffered
early-season niggles and lapses in confidence, left-arm seamer Mark
Footitt finally announced his arrival at the Kia Oval with a
career-best haul of seven for 62 to wrap up Surrey's 10-wicket win
Footitt mopped up Lancashire's two remaining
wickets within 40 minutes of the fourth and final day to set up his
side's fourth win of the Specsavers County Championship campaign.
Home openers Rory Burns (28*) and Dominic Sibley
(11*) duly knocked off the 38 runs required within 9.1 overs to
secure the comfortable and deserved victory with more than two
sessions of the game to spare.
By hitting the winning boundary with a reverse
sweep Burns also marked his 26th birthday by scoring his 1,000th
championship run of the season.
Earlier, Surrey's attack required only 15
deliveries of the final day to dislodge Lancashire's ninth man in
the shape of Nathan Buck. Prodding off the back foot at another
testing delivery from Footitt, the right-hander followed and nicked
to second slip where birthday boy Burns took a comfortable catch.
Lancashire's last pairing of Simon Kerrigan and
Kyle Jarvis extended their side's narrow overall lead to 37 before
Footitt, the former Derbyshire stalwart, had Kyle Jarvis caught on
the drive at mid-off to wrap up the Lancashire innings for 230.
While Footitt secured his career-best from the
Pavilion End, Batty reeled off 27 overs at the Vauxhall End to
finish with excellent figures of two for 67, having virtually locked
down the run-scoring from one end.
Lancashire travelled home with 4pts while Surrey
boosted their late title challenge with a haul of 23 having secured
their third win in four championship starts.
The victorious Surrey skipper Gareth Batty said:
"We started the game on the front foot and finished the game on the
front with the boys knocking the runs off today.I thought it was a
pretty complete performance. The pitch had
been slightly damp the day before the game so it was actually a good
toss to lose. It didn't do a lot but the ball carried a fraction
more from the green areas with it being slightly damp.
"No matter what the conditions though you've still
got to bowl well to take 20 wickets and I thought the boys bowled
magnificently. The Curran brothers held the game in a couple of
beautiful spells, Sam ended up with the wickets but they bowled
magnificently in a partnership. We're starting to play as a team
where individuals know their roles which is very exciting."
In praise of Mark Footitt's seven for 62
match-winning return, Batty said: "He bowled brilliantly. People
forget he has moved club's and moving to a big club like Surrey can
be hard. He's bowling on different surfaces too and he's adapted
quite magnificently here. He deserved is even for having bowled well
plenty of times already this season without having much luck."
Lancashire's second innings top scorer Alviro
Petersen said: "We have to draw a line under it, but I think we can
take a lot of experiences from this. When you are behind a game,
it's difficult to come back, especially if the opposition don't
allow you to. We could have played better, but it wasn't to be.
"Yesterday, I thought we had an opportunity to
claw our way back into the game, but we lost too many wickets. It
could have been much different had, say, we had six wickets in hand
today. We could have put a decent lead on, put them under pressure
and perhaps won the game. It just shows that the margins in
first-class cricket are quite small.
"Another win or two will change the whole season
for us. When we started by winning those games up front, we were
flying. But We certainly need another win to stay up. If we lose one
or two more games, we are struggling. There's still so much to play