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Surrey win Title

By Ben Horne
September 11 2006

Surrey won the Division two County Championship after a draw with Gloucestershire at Bristol. Surrey looked in danger of defeat, but Stuart Walters and Chris Schofield shared in a stand of 151, while Nayan Doshi and Jade Dernbach frustrated the Gloucestershire to secure a draw for Surrey.

Day One

Weston and Speramn took the attack to the Surrey bowlers as they shared in an opening stand of 154. Spearman made 100 from 99 balls, before falling leg before wicket to Doshi. Weston and Marshall added 76 for the second wicket. Marshall fell fore 56 when he was caught behind with Saker taking the wicket. Weston and Ali then shared in another big stand as they added 86. Weston was finally dismissed for 130 when he was bowled by Doshi. Taylor and Adshead fell cheaply to leave Gloucestershire 385 for 7 at the close.

Day Two

Averis was first to go for 53, while Gidman made 52 as Gloucestershire reached 459 all out.

Surrey lost Batty early, but Newman and Ramprakash added 84 for the second wicket. Newman made 44 before being bowled by Averis. Ramprakash hit 75, while Butcher also completed a half century. However the Surrey batting collapsed from 206 for 3 to 287 for 9 at the close.

Day Three

Only one run was added as Dernbach was the last wicket to fall leg before wicket to Averis.

Gloucestershire decided not to enforce the follow on and lost Weston early on for a duck, but Spearman and Marshall added 86 for the second wicket. Spearman made 45, before falling to the part time medium-pace of Mark Butcher, while Doshi took the wicket of Marshall for 76. Dernbach took the next two wickets of Taylor and Ali to leave Gloucestershire 173 for 5. Gidman was next to go for 20 as he was bowled by Doshi. Adshead and Gidman then added 63. Hardinges made 38, while Adshead remained unbeaten on 79, as Gloucestershire declared on 329 for 8.

In reply Surrey reached 44 for one at the close, with Newman the man out for four.

Day Four

Batty and Ramprakash took the score to 107, with both hitting fifties. Butcher (35) and Brown (43) scored useful runs, but at 244 for 6, Surrey looked in danger of defeat. However a partnership of 151 between Stuart Walters and Chris Schofield, gave Surrey hope of a draw. Walters made 67, his highest score for Surrey, before falling to Averis. Schofield led and Saker, who made 47 from 42 balls, then added a crucial stand of 68. Schofield looked on course for a century but was dismissed for 95 by Banerjee. This left Gloucestershire set for victory. However Nayan Doshi and Jade Dernbach held out to guide Surrey safe.

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