Reports by John Virr – 2nd XI Scorer
Surrey had only added 18 to their overnight 156-6 when Dominic Leech had Sudharsan caught behind by Harry Duke and in his next over he bowled Dunn for nought, 184-8. Virdi and Ealham added 30 in 63 balls before Ben Mike took the last two wickets in the space of three balls bowling Virdi for 21 and Stewart-Reckling for nought; Ealham left stranded on 36 not out.
This left Yorkshire a victory target of 165 in a minimum of 74 overs and this target was reached inside 30 overs to give us consecutive victories and our fifth win from 10 matches.
Will Luxton and Yash Vagadia faced six overs prior to lunch and took our total to 31. Post lunch they took their partnership to 111 before Luxton was caught at cover off Sudharsan – he made 58 from 67 balls with 4 fours and 4 sixes. Noah Kelly joined Vagadia and he ended 22 not out from 33 balls as Vagadia was caught at mid wicket for 81 from 77 balls (13×4;1×6). Harry Duke fell for nought but Will Fraine hit his first ball for four to seal the win.
The last game of the season sees us at the Riverside to face Durham starting 18th September.
Trailing by 95 runs Ben Mike and Isaac Light took their unbroken partnership to 103 before Light was caught at deep mid wicket for 27 from 91 balls. Mike was unbeaten on 58 overnight and he reached his maiden 2nd eleven century from 135 balls and was finally dismissed for 112 from 145 balls – Yorkshire still trailed by eight.
Lunch was reached at 428-7, a lead of one.
Post lunch the lead was extended to 50 courtesy of Matt Milnes making 36 from 51 balls – Yorkshire 477 all out. It was Milnes who then struck with the ball bowling Gill for five and having first innings centurion, Blake, caught behind for one – Surrey 22-2. Dominic Leech then trapped Geddes lbw for 16, 22-3. Overseas player Sudharsan survived a massive lbw appeal and at tea he was 17 not out and Surrey 66-3.
The evening session saw Jack Shutt bowl unchanged at one end finishing the day with 2-21 from 16 overs. Mike produced a direct hit to run out Van de Merwe for 23 and Shutt had Sykes caught by Leech and Moriarty caught at backward point by Joel Gunn, however at the close Sudharsan was unbeaten on 56 from 129 balls and Surrey were 156-6, a lead of 106 with 4 wickets remaining.
An intriguing final day lies ahead.
Resuming on 348-8 Surrey reached 427 before losing another wicket with Sykes making 55 from 76 balls before being caught by Harry Duke to give Dominic Leech his third wicket. Joel Gunn then had Virdi caught at mid on by Jack Shutt without further addition – Surrey 427 all out.
Will Luxton and Yash Vagadia opened Yorkshire’s reply and at lunch had posted 52 without loss – Vagadia 48 not out from 32 balls. He reached his 50 from 37 balls with 10 fours before being bowled by Moriarty. Noah Kelly joined Luxton and they added 56 in 93 balls before Kelly was also bowled for 18.
Shortly after Luxton reached his half century from 91 balls with 4 fours and 2 sixes. Harry Duke was caught at point for 8 (151-3) but Luxton and Fraine reached tea at 190-3 – Fraine 20 not out and Luxton 84 not out.
After tea they extended their partnership to 101 before Luxton was caught at slip off Virdi for 115 – his second fifty coming from 50 balls, his century including 10 fours and 4 sixes. Ben Mike reached his half century from 62 balls with 5 fours and 2 sixes and added 48 with Fraine before the latter was bowled for 67 from 94 balls (his fifty came from 58 balls with 9 fours).
In gloomy conditions Mike and Isaac Light safely negotiated the last nine overs to leave Yorkshire 332-5, trailing by 95.
Surrey won the toss and decided to have first use of a used pitch. They had reached 32, relatively, untroubled when Dominic Leech trapped Geddes lbw for 15. On a slow mornings play Gill and Blake took the total to 80 when shortly before lunch the former was dismissed in the same manner, lbw for 30 from 75 balls.
Overseas player Sudharsan joined Blake and at lunch Surrey were 86-2 at lunch. Sudharsan was adjudged lbw for and shortly after lunch our hosts were 98-3, however that was to be our only success of the afternoon session as Van de Merwe joined Blake and at tea advanced their total to 203-3. Van de Merwe was 51 not out from 106 balls with 7 fours and Blake 86 not out from 141 balls with 11 fours. During this session Yorkshire bowled well with little luck but there were also some excellent shots.
Blake advanced to his century (his 2nd in consecutive games) from 156 balls with 13 fours and Blake reached his from 171 balls with 13 fours and a six. In total they added 229 before Blake (111 from 181 balls) was caught behind by Harry Duke to give Leech his 2nd wicket and, as usually happens, Blake fell 6 balls later for 142 from 212 balls very well caught at deep square leg by Will Luxton off Milnes: 327-4.
Moriarty was caught at extra cover by Kelly off Jack Shutt and he also had Ealham caught behind for 5. The last ball of the day saw Ben Mike bowl Dunn to finish on 348-8.