Saturday, 24 April 2010

Worcester escape with a draw

In answer to the question I posed yesterday, it seemed that Surrey neither went for the win or played for the draw.  A disciplined bowling effort from Worcs meant that wickets fell regularly in Surrey's second innings, but in the end thanks largely to Ramps and Davies (how many times will I have to say that this season) they racked up enough to post a total Worcester might fancy chasing.

In the end 268 was far too much on a fourth day pitch and Surrey bowled well - everyone contributed bar Rao who didn't get an over.  Surrey ended just two wickets short as they ran out of time.  This has been a vastly improved performance - big first innings runs and a fighting performance thereafter.  A little bit more bite was required when bowling in Worcs' first innings - an overseas spinner would've made bigger inroads I'm sure, but otherwise it was a good all round improvement.

Rory Hamilton-Brown's captaincy was questionable in the first innings but I liked the way he rotated the bowlers particularly towards the end of the match, it ensured the Worcs batsmen had no opportunity to settle.  The form of Nel was encouraging though he didn't collect a hatful of wickets, Dernbach took a while to find some rhythm but he's starting to look a little better.  Rao still doesn't look a matchwinner and if you're only going to give your overseas player 18 overs in a match you have to question why he's there at all.

I would still advocate going with a four man attack, because we have some good part-time options, but I'm not seeing many batsmen knocking on the door. Walters was poor in both innings and I wouldn't be surprised to see Spriegel back and young Laurie Evans may well get a chance given his form for the Seconds.

Its onwards and upwards from here, we've stopped the rot and hopefully the players will have a bit more confidence about them for the next round of games.  Well played lads.


manutd24 said...

Great bowling performance from both teams in that second innings. Many positives to take out, and praise be to the Worcestershire bowlers and Moeen Ali for their dogged play.

The opposition seamers bowled well on the final day to stem the Surrey runs, and Moeen thwarted the Lions with his stubborn display of batting.

Rao is injured, I think, but Nel and Dernbach proved able. Batty also bowled well, but 55 overs weren't enough to get 10 wickets on a track that offers little to bowlers.

GreenJJ said...

Yep, just ran out of overs, but we had to make the game safe, so fair play to RHB. I think the result shows how closely matched the two sides are, a draw was about right.