Monday, September 13, 2010

Poor weather ruins Opening Day

DAY 1 Close: Surrey 112-3 v Gloucestershire
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Rain and bad light were the best performers on day one of the final game of the season. It was very frustrating and after delays in the afternoon session play was eventually called off for the day at 5pm. The weather forecast is even worse for tomorrow.

Gloucestershire had been on top, reducing Surrey to 45-3. Lewis found the edge of Jason Roy and Gemaal Hussain had Mark Ramprakash well caught by Jon Batty diving low to his right: it was a smart take from Batty whose wicketkeeping has certainly improved over the season.

Anthony Ireland was the other wicket taker. Tom Lancefield played across the line and chipped an easy catch to Hamish Marshall in the gully.

Kevin Pietersen looked very good - the highlight of a very short day. He looked to have so much time and was very positive in his footwork, driving with great confidence and had time to hook Ireland for six before bad light took over. For the greater good, hopefully he can continue to entertain and gain some form ahead of the winter. The runs would be even more impressive under testing swinging conditions: Pietersen has never faced the Tiflex ball before.

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  1. Batty's wicketkeeping may have improved over the season, but what about his batting?

  2. Well that hasn't improved unfortunately.

    Hopefully a full settled winter in the Westcountry and he'll be back next season for 1,200 runs.


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