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Surrey move 34 points clear

By Ben Horne
August 11 2006

Surrey beat Worcestershire by an innings and 107 runs to move 34 points clear at the top of the County Championship Division Two. John Batty, Mark Ramprakash and Ali Brown all hit centuries as Surrey hit 576 in their first innings.

Day One

Jacques and Moore gave Worcestershire the perfect start with a partnership of 97 for the first wicket. Moore fell for 44 when he was adjudged leg before wicket to Salisbury. He also took the wicket of Smith for a duck, and then removed Jacques for 95. Davies was next to go as he was trapped leg before wicket to Kumble. This left Worcestershire 192 for five. Former Surrey spinner Garth Batty fell for 10, while Roger Silence made 27 to leave the Royals. Anil Kumble took the last three wickets to leave Worcestershire all out for 304. He finished with figures of five for 80.

In reply Surrey reached 42 for no wicket when stumps were called.

Day Two

Surrey had a good start as Scott Newman and John Batty added 67 for the first wicket. Newman fell for 64 when he was caught by Moore with Gareth Batty taking the wicket. Batty was joined by Ramprakash and together they added 158. Batty hit 104 before falling to Silence. Ramprakash continued his rich vain of from with yet another century. He looked to have completed a double hundred, but fell in the last over of the day for 196. Ali Brown also hit a typically quick century and finished the day on 110 as Surrey closed on 496 for four.

Day Three

Benning was first to go as he was caught by Mitchell with Silence taking the wicket. He also took the wicket of Brown for 112. Zaheer Khan took the next two wickets of Azhar Mahmood and Ian Salisbury. Rikki Clarke hit 40 not out, to take his seasons tally past 1,000 runs. Matt Mason took the last wicket of Mo Akram for 6 as Surrey were bowled out for 576.

Worcestershire got off to a bad start as both openers were dismissed early. Solanki and Smith added 45 for the third wicket. Smith fell caught behind to Mahmood, who also took the wickets of Davies and Mitchell. Solanki and Davies staged a recovery with a partnership of 50. Solanki fell for 56 when he was caught by Mahmood with Salisbury taking the wicket. He also removed Silence and Khan, while Kumble took the last two wickets, as Worcestershire were bowled out for 165, giving Surrey a victory by an innings and 165 runs. This win also gives Surrey a day of rest on Friday as they prepare for the twenty20 finals day on Saturday.

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