General News | 17th September 2008
Surrey v Notts (Day One) Round-Up
Mark Ramprakash survived just nine balls before edging to Chris Read off Charlie Shreck as Nottinghamshire made solid inroads against Surrey at The Brit Oval.
Surrey closed on 253-8 having stood on 159-5 at tea, helped by an aggressive 61 from opener Scott Newman.
Newman was caught behind off Andre Adams who removed three of Surrey’s top five. The Kiwi all-rounder had Jonathan Batty lbw and with Spriegel (11) and Murtagh (0) unable to find their rhythm, Notts must now remove tail-enders Murtaza Hussain and Shoaib Akhtar
Former Notts batsman Usman Afzaal and debutant Lee Hodgson scored slowly to take the hosts from 126-5 to their tea-time total. Afzaal made 36 before seeing his thick outside edge caught by Swann at slip to give Adams his third wicket.
“It’s a good batting pitch and it would have been a good day to bat first which makes it particularly pleasing to have done well with the ball,” said Notts Director of Cricket Mick Newell.
“Surrey are in a difficult position because of the threat of relegation so it wasn’t a huge surprise to see a couple of young players on their team sheet because they are looking forwards and trying to get some value out of the game.
“Scott Hodgson came in at a time when the ball was getting old and we were tiring and batted well but hopefully we’re in a position now where we can get in early tomorrow and build a score that puts them under pressure.
“It was important for us to get Ramprakash in early and then get him out early and we’ve achieved that. Andre bowled very well as he has done in every four-day game he’s played for us.”
Umpires: N L Bainton, T E Jesty
Surrey: Newman, Spriegel, Ramprakash, Batty, Afzaal, Murtagh, Hodgson, Meaker, Hussain, Shoaib, Collins
Nottinghamshire: Jefferson, Shafayat, Wagh, Patel, Prince, Swann, Read, Ealham, Adams, Pattinson, Shreck
Stuart Meaker nudges the ball beyond Mark Ealham