Today’s the sunniest and warmest May Day bank holiday since time began, it seems. So what better way to enjoy the spring sunshine than at the Oval for the last day of Surrey v Worcestershire?
The game is ambling to a draw but the chance to see some fine batsmanship should not be turned down but what does keep following me around is the number 92.
That was the first innings lead Essex had over Yorkshire at the Chelmsford match I’ve been watching, it was the number of runs Essex still needed when they were all out and it’s the first innings lead Worcestershire have over Surrey here at the Oval. The difference being that the first innings were only concluded half way through the pre-lunch session on Day 4 here as opposed to tea time on Day 1 at Chelmsford. But what are the chances of two separate matches on at the same time having the same first innings difference and also being the two matches I’ve watched? Shame there’s no number 92 in the lottery!
But back to the cricket – Surrey in their second innings seem to be finding demons in the pitch which weren’t there 30 minutes ago but if they can overcome them, Stoneman and Burns have a fine opportunity to score some runs and contest the England opening spot ahead of the first test in just over two weeks time. We shall see
Towards the end of the Worcester first innings we played ‘spot the fielder’ as everyone other than the keeper was banished to the deep to save runs and get the number 11 on strike.
Surrey lose both openers after lunch and are still 18 behind. What a pleasure it is to see two spinners in operation and the overs just rolling by! The pitch has been said to be two paced but the odd one is starting to keep low. This should end in a draw unless there’s a major collapse but with half the day still to play and only 22 wickets falling in three and a half days that looks unlikely.
The Worcester spin twins of Head and Twohig are keeping things quiet and tight but only the odd rash Surrey shot is any cause for concern. There are probably many anagrams to be made from Ben Twohigs surname- hot wig being one – but a team of anagram names is probably for another time.
And Surrey reach 136/3 at tea – taken on time as the required overs had been bowled (it can be done!) and a lead of 44. I suspect stumps will be drawn at 5pm
Borthwick made a fine 82 as Surrey settled for the declaration at 4.50pm on 173/3.
Overall a fine match, well contested but the pitch was the winner putting some excellent batting on display as the season starts to pick up.
No more 92s today – I think there’s been enough over the past four days!