Friday, 23 April 2010

Go for the win or play for a draw?

As it stands Surrey are 85 runs ahead going into the final day, with Ramps and Afzaal at the crease and looking reasonably comfortable.  Worcestershire's last five wickets fell for just seven runs, thanks mainly to Jade Dernbach finally getting some penetration and taking three quick wickets before tea on day three.

There could be reason to think that the pitch is deteriorating, the first 15 wickets to fall fell at an average of 63 each, the next 7 fell at an average of just 9.  Granted that included the Worcestershire tail, but still that's quite some discrepancy.  I somehow doubt that its deteriorated to such a degree though, and I think the two batsmen currently in possession should be able to build without too much trouble.

The question is, will Ramps and Afzaal, once settled (if they settle at all that is) push on to try and get 100 or so before lunch, then really blast for a few overs after and set Worcestershire something they might be tempted to chase?  I sincerely doubt that they will, and part of me thinks they should just make sure they don't lose before thinking about going for the win.  They'll just have to take it in ten over chunks I would imagine, and see how it pans out!

I don't think this pitch has contributed to the best of games.  It has turned apparently, but slow turn, which isn't going to result in hatfuls of wickets for Schoey and Batty.  I hope at least that Surrey come out in a positive frame of mind, regardless of what they have planned.

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