Relegated Surrey fight back against Yorkshire after ton from England man Gary Ballance (From Gazette & Herald)
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Relegated Surrey fight back against Yorkshire after ton from England man Gary Ballance
9:53am Thursday 26th September 2013 in Sport
Gary Ballance offered ample justification for his selection in England’s Ashes touring party – but Surrey’s batsmen then provided Yorkshire with stern resistance on the second day of the LV= Division One game at the Oval.
Only five wickets fell as Andrew Gale’s side were bowled out just before lunch for 434 and Surrey’s openers Dominic Sibley and Rory Burns then shared an opening stand of 171 before Burns was caught behind off Steve Patterson for 82 in the penultimate over of the day.
Eighteen-year-old Sibley remained unbeaten on 81, with Surrey going into the third morning on 172-1.
Without much question, though, the best innings of the day was played by Ballance, who was dismissed ten minutes before the first break for an outstanding 148.
Those runs had been scored off 232 balls in 250 minutes with 20 boundaries and one six, the latter smashed off slow left-armer Zafar Ansari the ball before Ballance, pictured right, perished, caught at deep square leg by Gary Wilson.
The left-hander hit ten fours and a six in taking his overnight 72 not out to 148 on the second morning but he was helped by Adil Rashid, who made 43 off 54 balls and put on 72 for the seventh wicket with Ballance.
Ansari was the most successful Surrey bowler, taking 4-70, while Matt Dunn and Tom Jewell collected three-wicket hauls. Yorkshire’s bowlers then found Surrey’s young openers in resilient mood when they sought to make early breakthroughs on the second afternoon.
Burns and Sibley both played very competently to guide their side to 72-0 at tea – still 362 runs behind Yorkshire’s first-innings 434, but a creditable effort nonetheless. At that stage Burns was 47 not out and Sibley was unbeaten on 23.
Yorkshire had one chance to separate the opening pair but Adam Lyth dropped Sibley off the bowling of Ryan Sidebottom when the opener was on only eight and the total was 21.
By mid-afternoon, the White Rose spinners Rashid and Kane Williamson were bowling in tandem, and Gale’s bowlers seem set for an attritional battle over the next five sessions if they are to achieve a victory in the last match of the 2013 season.
“It was an interesting day,” said Yorkshire’s senior coach, Jason Gillespie.
“Those two young Surrey openers played very well. They withstood some decent bowling because I don’t think our attack performed badly by any stretch.
“They didn’t get away from us and we did get a late wicket. But you have to give credit to Burns and Sibley because they absorbed some pressure.
“Overall, though, I was pleased with our effort because it’s a pretty docile track.”
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