Wednesday, 25 May 2011

We were either very bad today, or yesterday, or both...

A day that started supremely well for Surrey, with Glamorgan's last six batsman falling for just 73 runs, and that included an 8th wicket partnership of 51, ended pretty badly with Davies and Maynard getting out in the final 10 overs of the day.

It was a fine comeback from Surrey's bowlers, Linley had one of his mornings, dismissing Owen, Wallace and Croft inside five overs for 12 runs. Dernbach added Alex Jones to his list of victims and a much improved Chris Jordan took two more. Enormous credit to them after a poor day yesterday.

So while Glamorgan's first innings total was still a daunting 419, it was nowhere near as daunting as it might've been. Surrey's reply started poorly though, both Roy and Hamilton-Brown were gone before the score had reached 20, Adams will be scratching his head as regards the openers yet again. Arun Harinath's stock is rising by the day.

Mark Ramprakash carried on his merry way but de Bruyn was gone with the score barely at 50. Ramps and Davies put on 90 in 23 overs before the former was bowled by the pick of Glamorgan's bowlers, Chris Ashling, for 67. Davies and Maynard staged something of a mini comeback with a 60 partnership before they were both dismissed during a very decent spell of Will Owen bowling late in the day. Davies is still to make three figures in 2011, scores of 77 and 94 will do little to cheer him up.

The follow on target is still 30 runs away and the prospect of a positive result for Surrey has now all but disappeared, again. Yes we have a makeshift bowling attack but so do Glamorgan, we've just been outplayed for the best part of two days and that's hugely disappointing. Without seeing two full days play it's difficult to be sure if we bowled really poorly yesterday, allowing their batsmen to pile on the runs, or batted pretty poorly today, allowing their bowlers to tie our batsmen up. Either way we're in a poor position. Schofield and Batty have a big job on their hands to even make the draw possible tomorrow, I don't know if 9, 10 and 11 are going to provide many runs. Another day of Championship cricket slips by where we've failed to assert ourselves completely on the opposition.

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