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Current Match Report – Surrey vs Notts Group 1 2021 – NEWPAPER24




Current Match Report – Surrey vs Notts Group 1 2021

2021-07-27 19:36:40


A complete of 548 runs scored in 52 overs as rain triggers 30-over mayhem

Surrey 311 for 8 (Patel 131, Smith 54) beat Nottinghamshire 266 for 7 (Slater 69, Evison 54) by 33 runs (DLS methodology)

There is a typically held view that the lifetime of a contemporary sportsperson is a glamorous affair stuffed with journey and adulation. And it is true, the great days will be fairly rattling good.

However not when you’re a bowler confronted with Guildford. It is a desperately powerful floor on which to bowl. The flat pitch is complemented by brief boundaries and an outfield that slopes a bit of from the sq. which means the ball picks up tempo because it approaches the rope. Actually, it is the form of place to make a bowler want that they had persuaded a profession in sewage therapy as a substitute of sport. It’s brutal.

The naked details of this match are this: in 52 overs (following an early stoppage for rain), 548 runs have been scored between these two sides. At one stage, as sixes rained down onto Woodbridge Street regardless of the excessive fencing designed to keep away from such mishaps, you feared for the protection of pedestrians and motorists. One motorcyclist will, fortunately, arrive dwelling this night having no thought {that a} six from Rikki Clarke missed him by an inch.

Some will recommend that such surfaces, providing little stability between bat and ball, aren’t particularly good for the sport. And it’s true that an try from a pensioner to throw a ball again into the bottom – it took him 4 efforts – was one of many extra aggressive moments of the afternoon. The fence actually did put up a terrific battle. However for anybody who wasn’t a bowler – or particularly sympathetic to bowlers – it supplied wealthy leisure for a crowd which included former Prime Minster, Sir John Main, a lot of households on summer time vacation and a stag occasion dressed as flamingos.

That Surrey prevailed was largely attributable to two career-best innings from Ryan Patel and Jamie Smith. It is price reiterating that Surrey have misplaced 11 gamers to the Hundred and Nottinghamshire 9, so gamers like this are successful alternatives which could in any other case be denied them. Although whether or not any bowler feels this was a chance is debatable.

Surrey had reached 28 for 1 after eight overs earlier than rain interrupted their innings. However, after a protracted delay, they resumed in such fashion that they plundered 282 within the subsequent 22 overs. 200 and eighty two! Their innings included 23 sixes and, not solely the quickest Record A century from a Surrey participant since 2007, however what’s believed to be the quickest Record A half-century ever made in England (an equally fast one was made in Wales by Somerset’s Graham Rose).

The century, reached in simply 59 balls, was scored by Patel. It was an innings that improved his Record A career-best by 90 and tripled the variety of sixes he had hit throughout codecs from 5 to fifteen. He later took an excellent catch – operating in and diving ahead from the quilt boundary – to account for Haseeb Hameed. He had, briefly, an exquisite day.

Patel truly began comparatively cautiously. With Surrey having misplaced an early wicket – Hashim Amla walked after gloving one down the legside – he took 27 deliveries to make his first 16 runs. However shortly after play resumed, Patel appeared to be a person reborn. He thrashed 115 from the ultimate 43 balls of his innings, together with 25 from a Matthew Montgomery over which included a six from every of the primary three balls.

However the half-century from Jamie Smith was, if something, much more eye-catching. It took solely 16 deliveries (with two fours and 6 sixes) and contained a number of strikes that might have cleared the boundary on any floor. At one stage he added 50 in simply 14 balls with Nico Reifer; Reifer contributed one scoring stroke.

Surrey truly scored 311. However the DLS algorithm lowered Nottinghamshire’s goal to 300. Understandably, that brought on some consternation across the floor, nevertheless it appears the reasoning was that Surrey had benefited from eight powerplay overs and Notts had solely six.

Notts’ reply began brightly. Sol Budinger and Ben Slater added 71 for the primary wicket in simply 5.5 overs, with Slater occurring to make a nice half-century, from 38 balls, and Joey Evison later made one from 37.
Given the deluge of runs, among the bowling is worthy of explicit reward. Matt Dunn, for instance, delivered 9 dot-balls in succession at one stage – an unbelievable achievement amid the carnage throughout – whereas Clarke additionally ratcheted up the strain with a masterful show of managed variations. Connor McKerr and Dan Moriarty held their heads in a manner the Notts bowlers struggled to match. Of their manner, these Surrey performances contributed simply as a lot to Surrey’s victory as Smith and Patel’s batting.
Spare a thought for Peter Trego. Not solely was he one of many few to overlook out on this feast – he obtained what may need been the supply of the day and nicked off for a second-ball duck – however he put down an opportunity in entrance of the beer tent. It didn’t go unnoticed.

It is price noting the scale of the gang, too. Regardless of the rain, simply over 3,000 spectators – or ‘haters’ as they may be known as by some – stayed to look at this run-fest. At Taunton and Chelmsford, Scarborough and Bristol, this competitors is constant to win encouraging help. May that present that the Hundred and the county recreation can co-exist? It definitely may very well be interpreted that manner. Or possibly it simply exhibits there is a marketplace for cricket scheduled the place and when individuals can see it. Twenty overs, 50 or 30 overs a aspect; we’ve an amazing recreation. Except, in fact, you are a bowler.

George Dobell is a senior correspondent at ESPNcricinfo



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