Guildford match abandoned

Overnight rain puts paid to final day's play

Last updated: 14th July 2012  

Paul Horton Lancashire batting against Surrey at Guildford

Paul Horton: hundred for the visitors

Steven Croft Lancashire

Steven Croft: Unbeaten on 104 after day two

Kevin Pietersen Surrey 2012

Kevin Pietersen filled his boots on day three at Guildford

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No play was possible at Guildford on the final day

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Heavy overnight rain meant there was no play on the final day of the championship match between Surrey and Lancashire at Guildford.

Umpires Peter Hartley and Neil Mallender initially put the start back to 1.10pm, with lunch being taken from 12.30pm. But the showers returned and it continued to rain on and off until 12.45pm, when it was decided there was no prospect of getting any play.

Surrey take 10 points and Lancashire eight with both sides just above the relegation zone in division one, with one victory apiece, ahead of Worcestershire and Durham, who are still to break their duck.

Day three

Kevin Pietersen warmed up for next week's first Investec Test against South Africa with a brilliant unbeaten double-century in Surrey's LV= County Championship match against Lancashire at Guildford.

Pietersen showed no sign of rustiness as he smashed eight sixes and 30 fours to finish day three on 234 not out from 190 balls.

That helped Surrey to 430-5 in reply to Lancashire's 485-7 declared with Pietersen and Zander de Bruyn, who made 94, putting on 181 in 34 overs for the third wicket.

Pietersen, who had played just five Twenty20 matches since the third Test against West Indies a month ago, took just 170 balls to reach his double-hundred as he pulverised the champions' attack.

The 32-year-old reached his first hundred from 93 balls, the fastest in domestic first-class cricket this season, by pulling Simon Kerrigan for six.

Lancashire had batted on from their overnight 425-7, with Steven Croft finishing with a career-best 154 not out, with 19 fours and a six, as he scored 50 of the 60 runs added in 37 minutes batting.

Surrey lost Rory Burns to the first ball of their reply, the left-hander losing his off stump when shouldering arms at Glen Chapple and Zafari Ansari made just 21, however the Red Rose county had no answer to Pietersen's brilliance thereafter.

Day Two

Steven Croft's hundred helped Lancashire reach 425-7 in Guildford against Surrey at the mid-point of their LV= County Championship first division clash.

Croft, the 27-year-old all-rounder, hit the fifth century of his first-class career and was unbeaten on 104 from 167 balls when rain arrived at 3pm with play unable to resume thereafter.

The hosts hit back in the first session of day two by claiming three wickets inside 12 overs, though all three Lancashire batsmen were guilty of having a hand in their own demise.

Ashwell Prince started the rot with an ill-judged attempt at a lofted straight drive against Murali Kartik before Tom Smith called for a suicidal single to mid-off only for Zander de Bruyn to throw him out.

Glen Chapple and Croft posted a 50-run stand in 61 balls and had taken their allegiance past three figures when Chapple perished just four short of a deserved 50.

Playing across the line to Jonathan Lewis, Lancashire skipper Chapple went leg before after hitting seven fours to go with his maximum while Croft would not be dislodged.

Day One

Paul Horton's second hundred of the LV= Championship season helped Lancashire reach 245-3 after the first day of their clash against Surrey in Guildford.

The opener wasn't bothered by the presence of England duo Chris Tremlett and Stuart Meaker, as well as three breaks for showers, hitting 14 fours in his knock of 110.

He featured in stands of 122 for the second wicket with Karl Brown (49) and then added a further 64 with Ashwell Prince before Tremlett eventually had him caught at slip.

Gareth Batty took a sharp catch to send Horton on his way, though Surrey's stand-in skipper had earlier put down Brown when he had 30 to his name.

Meaker did take 2-55 from his 13 overs, including getting opener Stephen Moore lbw for 24 to give the home side their first breakthrough of the day.

South Africa left-hander Ashwell Prince dug in to reach the close unbeaten on 32, Steven Croft alongside him on five not out.

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