Ramps makes Mark in draw

Surrey pick up maximum batting points on dull last day at Hove

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Ramps makes Mark in draw

Ramprakash: 99th first-class century at Hove

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LV County Championship - Division One
Hove - Day Four
Sussex 475 (M W Goodwin 98, C D Hopkinson 97, R S C Martin-Jenkins 53 no, M J Prior 51, Saqlain Mushtaq 4-126) & 13-0 v Surrey 400-5 dec (M R Ramprakash 123, A D Brown 76 no, U Afzaal 71, S A Newman 68
Sussex (10pts) drew with Surrey (11pts)

Mark Rampakrash hit century number 99 in his first-class career as the Division One fixture between Surrey and Sussex ended in a tame draw.

The 38-year-old went on from his overnight total of 66 to make 123, his sixth century in his last nine LV County Championship innings.

He swiftly moved from 85 to 123 from just 30 deliveries and looked set to go on and build a massive score until he drove Ollie Rayner straight to mid-off.

The young off-spinner also dismissed Mark Butcher, who was caught behind for 23, while Michael Yardy claimed the only other wicket to fall on day four.

Usman Afzaal, who had slog-swept successive balls from the left-armer for six and four already in the over, was bowled through the gate for 71.

The left-hander had appeared on course to make his second century for his new county after he and Alistair Brown (76 not out) had added 141 in just 32 overs for the fifth wicket.

Surrey scored a further 10 runs after losing Afzaal to claim maximum batting points before declaring on 400-5 in their first innings.

Sussex reached 13-0 in their second innings before the two captains shook hands on a draw.

Day Three

Surrey responded to Sussex's mammoth 475 with a solid batting display of their own as they reached 164-2 on the third day at Hove.

After the first day was washed out by heavy rain, Sussex aded a further 157 to the 318-5 they made on day two, with Matt Prior (51) continuing his strong form with the bat with another half century.

Robin Martin-Jenkins (53no) also added a half century as Surrey's bowlers struggled to take the remaining five wickets - Saqlain Mushtaq eventually picking up 4-126.

Martin-Jenkins collected both Surrey wickets to fall, trapping Jon Batty and Scott Newman leg before wicket.

However, Newman (68) and Mark Ramprakash (66no) both prospered and Ramprakash will resume his partnership with Mark Butcher (10no) on the fourth morning with a draw looking increasingly likely.

Day Two

Carl Hopkinson and Murray Goodwin both fell just short of centuries as Sussex piled up 318-5 on the second day against Surrey.

Hopkinson and Chris Nash shared an opening stand of 87 after Surrey skipper Mark Butcher opted to field first when play finally got under way on the second morning following Wednesday's washout.

Nash was bowled by Pedro Collins for 46 and number three Michael Yardy did not hang around long before sweeping a Saqlain Mushtaq (1-64) delivery via his boot to Butcher at slip.

But the runs continued to flow from Hopkinson's blade in the company of Goodwin as the third-wicket pair added 129.

Hopkinson had struck 10 fours and reached 97 from 240 balls when part-time left-arm spinner Usman Afzaal (1-22) induced a return catch to deny him a maiden first-class hundred.

Collins (2-72) trapped Chris Adams (28) lbw to pick up his second wicket and reduce Sussex to 283-4.

The Hove crowd were left disappointed when Goodwin also fell within a single hit of three figures, edging behind off Matt Nicholson's (1-51) bowling for 98 late in the day.

Day one

Inclement weather meant no play was possible on the opening day of Sussex's Division One fixture against Surrey at Hove.

Persistent rain overnight and through the morning on the south coast left the outfield saturated.

The umpires - Richard Kettleborough and Neil Mallender - abandoned for the day following a 1.30pm inspection.

The decision was made in sunshine with a drying breeze and there is optimism a prompt start could be made on Thursday, provided there is no further rain.

Both Sussex and Surrey have still to record their first Championship wins of the season after beginning with two draws.

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