Thursday, 12 August 2010

There is still hope...a little bit

Having lost the entirety of Tuesday to the weather a result in this game was always an outside chance, but thanks to low first innings scores from both sides there's a sliver of hope that Surrey could force a result today, provided the weather holds that is.

In succumbing to Yasir Arafat's 5-for Surrey were all out for 292, many of the top order guilty of getting set and getting out. The only man to pass fifty in the match so far was Steven Davies, confirming that he's better suited down the order than he is to opening. Rory Hamilton-Brown is displaying a frustrating habit of getting to 20 or 30 and getting out, frustrating for himself as much as it is for the supporters I don't doubt.

Still, 292 was a lead of 75 over Sussex and they had a tricky 12 overs to negotiate. They didn't do so without loss as Stuart Meaker struck twice in the three overs he was given, gaining two LBW decisions, the dangerous Chris Nash and nightwatchman Panesar his victims.

Eight wickets in hand and a deficit of only 36 would suggest Sussex can probably survive but more early strikes like those yesterday evening and Surrey will sniff a welcome victory. The wickets being shared around the bowlers is encouraging, particularly Meaker and Dernbach who have indicated returns to the form they were showing before untimely injuries.

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