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Surrey denied win

By Ben Horne
August 22 2005

Surrey drew with Gloucestershire after the whole of the fourth day was washed out. Mark Ramprakash led the way for Surrey with 193 as Surrey made 463. Gloucestershire were 294 for 6 after day three, but rain meant that Surrey did not have the chance to bowl the gladiators out. Day One

Gloucestershire won the toss and decided to bat. They were soon in trouble as they were reduced to 3 for 1, with Azhar Mahmood taking two wickets. Windows and Gidman took the score to 59. Gidman and Adshead then added a stand of 110. Gidman fell for 84, when he was trapped leg before wicket to Mahmood. Adshead reached his first ever first class century and went on to make 148 not out. His innings helped Gloucestershire reach 350 all out.

Scott Newman fell just before the close for 14 as he was caught by Ali with Averis taking the wicket. This left Surrey 29 for 1 overnight with Butcher and Doshi at the crease.

Day Two

Surrey lost night’s watchman Doshi early on. Butcher followed soon for 6. Ramprakash and Thorpe added 98, when Thorpe was caught by Windows with Rudge the bowler, just before the lunch interval. Ramprakash and Batty then added 133. Batty fell for 56 when he was caught by Sarwan.

Ramprakash continued to look in fine form as he brought his fourth century of the season, his first in fifteen weeks. He also reached 1.000 runs for the season when he reached 61.

By the close of play he was 180 not out. The only chance he offered was a difficult chance to gully when on 18. He brought up his 150 with an overthrow as Gloucestershire fielders struggled to impress with many dropped chances. At the close of play Surrey were 409 for 7.

Day Three

Ramparakash failed to reach 200 as he was dismissed for by Rudge for 192. Tim Murtagh (66) helped Surry claim full batting points as the lions were bowled out for 463.

Gloucestershire lost Spearman early as he was caught and bowled by Azhar Mahmood for 7. Ali and Sarwan added 101. Ali scored 66, while Sarwan was unlucky not to get a century as fell for 99. Gloucestershire were 294 for 6 at the close, with Gidman not out on 40.

Day Four

No play was possible for the whole day, so the game was called a draw.

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