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Surrey March On

By Ben Horne
August 11 2006

Surrey beat Northamptonshire by seven wickets to continue their march towards the County Championship second Division title. Anil Kumble finished with figures of eight for 100 in the second innings. Mark Ramprakash hit his highest ever first class score with 301 not out.

Day One

Steven Peters was the first to go as he was caught by Clarke with Akram taking the wicket for 15. Rogers completed his half century but was dismissed on 59, when he was caught by Kumble with Doshi taking the wicket. Afzael and Sales quickly followed to leave Nothants 104 for four. After White departed for 30, Kumble took the wicket of Klusener for 31. Shafayat and Phillips then added 120. Phillips made 65, while Shafayat top scored with 91. Ian Salisbury took the last three wickets of the innings as Northamptonshire were bowled out for 347.

In reply, Surrey reached three for no wicket when stumps were called.

Day Two

Batty was the first to go for 18 as he was adjudged leg before wicket to Klusener. However Newman and Ramprakash put Surrey in control with a massive partnership of 187. Newman hit 143 before he fell to spinner Jason Brown. However Ramprakash and Butcher continued to dominate the bowling attack as they took the score to 417 for two at the close. Ramprakash was not out on 174 while Butcher hit 73 not out.

Day Three

Ramprakash continued from where he left off and scored his first ever 300. Butcher was run out for 147 as Surrey declared on 669 for five.

Despite the early loss of Peters, Northamptonshire took the attack to Surrey and reached 165 for one at the close of play. Rogers was 56 not out, while Afzael hit 101 from just 116 balls.

Day Four

Rogers was the first wicket to fall as he was stumped by Batty with Kumble taking the wicket. He also took the key wicket of Afzael for 142 as he was adjudged leg before wicket. White was next to go for nine as he was caught behind with Doshi taking the wicket. Kumble removed captain Sales for 21 and then next ball had Klusener caught by Newman at short leg. Kumble also took the wicket of Shafayat. Nicholsen and Phillips staged a recovery with a partnership of 113. This gave Northants a chance of a draw as time was running out. However Anil Kumble took the last three wickets as Northamptonshire were bowled out for 386. Kumble finished with excellent figures of eight for 100.

This set Surrey a run chase of 65 to win. Things did not start well as Nemwn fell first ball to spinner Jason Brown. However Bartty and Ramprakash put Surrey on the brink of victory with a partnership of 40. Both fell before the finish, but Surrey hung on to win by seven wickets.

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