Afzaal century in vain

Batsmen dominate Brit Oval draw

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Afzaal century in vain

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LV County Championship - Division One
The Brit Oval
Surrey 466-8 dec (M A Butcher 205, M J Nicholson 133) & 299-6 dec (U Afzaal 105, Murtaza Hussain 56, J N Batty 54 no) v Yorkshire 525 (A W Gale 150, J A Rudolph 121, T T Bresnan 84 no, A McGrath 54, P T Collins 4-111)

Surrey (11pts) drew with Yorkshire (11pts)

Surrey and Yorkshire shared the spoils at the Brit Oval, earning 11 points apiece from a match dominated by the bat.

The draw was Surrey's fifth in five Championship matches this season and no other result was ever likely on an uneventful final day.

The home side resumed on the fourth day trailing by just three runs with eight second innings wickets in hand, and batted for much of the day before the captains agreed on a draw with an hour remaining.

Usman Afzaal made a century as Surrey reached 299-6, scoring 105 from 198 balls and hitting 11 fours.

There were also half-centuries for Murtaza Hussain (56) and Jon Batty (54no) as Yorkshire's bowlers toiled for little reward.

Day Three

Jacques Rudolph and Andrew Gale completed centuries as Yorkshire claimed a first-innings lead of 59 in their high-scoring encounter with Surrey at the Oval.

The Tykes extended their first innings from an overnight position of 292-3 to 525 all out, before Surrey reached 56-2 in their second innings to finish the third day three runs behind overall.

In the morning, Rudolph wasted little time in adding the solitary run he required to move to his 25th first-class century.

The South African was trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Usman Afzaal to depart for 121, but Gale and Tim Bresnan ensured Yorkshire continued to pile up runs.

Gale struck 19 fours and a six in a career-best knock of 150, while Bresnan finshed unbeaten on 84 after running out of partners.

Surrey lost Mark Butcher (7), who made a double-century in the first innings, and Mark Ramprakash (14) on their way to 56-2 at the close.

That means the wait continues for Ramprakash to score his 100th first-class century. He requires just one more three-figure score to reach the milestone.

Day two

The runs continued to pile up on the second day at the Oval, Yorkshire reaching 292-3 in response to Surrey's 466-8 declared.

Jacques Rudolph is in for a sleepless night after finishing the day unbeaten on 99.

The South African left-hander shared an unbroken 164-run, fourth-wicket partnership with Andrew Gale (70no) as the visitors moved to the brink of maximum batting points.

Earlier, Mark Butcher's double century and a knock of 133 from Matt Nicholson allowed Surrey to declare their first innings at 466-8.

Surrey batted on for 22.4 overs to add 70 runs to their overnight position of 396-5.

Butcher soon advanced to the third double-century of his career, but fell shortly afterwards to Tim Bresnan for 205, while Nicholson reached his highest first-class score of 133 before Bresnan (3-102) struck again.

Day one

Mark Ramprakash missed out on his 100th hundred but there was a century for another former England batsman as Surrey finished day one at The Brit Oval on 396-5.

Skipper Mark Butcher put his side within touching distance of maximum batting points with an excellent innings of 189 not out.

The left-hander cracked 25 fours and a six in his innings to help repel a Yorkshire attack that had at one stage reduced the hosts to 193-5.

Matt Nicholson also reached three figures before the close, the Australian's unbeaten 103 taking just 121 balls as he and Butcher shared an unbroken stand of 203 for the sixth wicket.

Debutant Oliver Hannon-Dalby proved an able deputy for injured skipper Darren Gough, getting the all-important wicket when he had Ramprakash caught at first slip for 29.

Deon Kruis then dismissed Usman Afzaal and Alistair Brown for ducks as Surrey's top-order struggled before Butcher came to their rescue.

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