Surrey have had a successful day on the opening day of the University match against Leeds-Bradford MCCU, with Rory Burns scoring his first First Class hundred, and reducing the opposition to 20-1 at the close.
The visitor’s captain, Richard Moore, won the toss and stuck Surrey in, in conditions which seemed to favour the bowlers. Stuart Meaker missed the game due to a stiff neck. Chris Jordan and Matthew Spriegel opened for Surrey, and with the second opener’s spot still available next week, they would have been trying to show what they have got. Spriegel was the early aggressor, striking 2 fours off the second over of the match followed by Jordan who got in on the act, with some Caribbean-esque shots.
The score had got to 49, before Spriegel was trapped in front by the impressive Ivan Thomas for 13. Another failure for Spriegel, and looking less likely to be picked next week. Chris Jordan carried on his merry way, hitting an array of shots around the Kia Oval, and was joined by Gary Wilson. Jordan was edging towards his fifty, but before he could get there, Wilson was trapped in front by Reece for a 37 ball 6. Disappointing for Wilson, as the wicket keepers spot isn’t set in stone.
Soon after Chris Jordan did complete his 4th first class fifty, but things just got worse afterwards. Jordan was bowled by Reece for 54, and Maynard joined the skipper at the crease. RHB was playing his usual way, only dealing in boundaries, until on 22, he edged behind and was gone. Yet another start, but no score of note. Then, two balls later, Jason Roy was bowled for 0, to leave Surrey 136-5 closing in on lunch. 4 wickets falling for 45, and another collapse. Tom Maynard was joined by Rory Burns and took Surrey to lunch 5 down for 143.
The pair needed to rebuild the innings, and they did that and more. They both looked at ease, with Maynard dominating the partnership, in a typically aggressive manner. He brought up his fifty off just 65 balls, shortly after the 50 partnership came up. Burns wasn’t to be outplayed though, gradually increasing in pace, and finding the boundary with regular occurrence. He went past his previous highest First Class score of 26 at ease, and brought up his first fifty off 92 balls, with 9 fours. Maynard had moved into the nineties, but on 91, he was trapped in front by Hardman, and the partnership was broken on 146. Good time in the middle for Maynard, even if it was an inferior opposition. Tom Jewell joined Burns at the crease, and they took Surrey to tea on 314-6, with Burns on 68.
Tom Jewell fell straight after tea though, for 18, Leach trapping him LBW. The Viscount joined Burns at the crease, and he looked good straight away, hitting back to back boundaries of his 3rd and 4th balls. Rory Burns continued from where he left off before the break, looking very comfortable in the middle. The partnership had reached 32 before Linley went, when he was caught for 15, and became Leach’s 4th victim. Surrey 346-8. Freddie van den Bergh joined Burns and he also looked very good, regularly finding the boundary. Burns went into the nineties, with yet another boundary, and not long after, he reached his first First class century with a boundary of Thomas. It had come off 153 balls, with 17 fours, and he has really staked a claim for the opening championship game next week. Surrey immediately declared on 385-8, Burns finishing unbeaten on 101 and Freddie van den Bergh 16, his highest First Class score. A better batting performance from the boys, but RHB, Roy and Spriegs still disappointing, and need a score in the second innings.
Tim Linley got Surrey off to a great start with the ball, getting Slater caught behind for 4 in the first over. There wasn’t much more play though, as the fading light lead to an early close.
Overall, a good day for Surrey, who will be looking to push on tomorrow and gain a first innings lead against the inferior opposition.