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Surrey win thanks to late scramble

By Ben Horne
October 13 2006

Surrey won their last game in the County Championship division two as they saw of Derbyshire by five wickets at the County Ground Derby. Scott Newman hit a rapid 83 as Surrey successfully chased down a target of 273, which was sealed with a scrambled bye from the last ball.

Day One

Stubbings fell early on to Murtagh for two. He also took the wicket of Taylor for 20. Saker took the next two wickets of Borrington and Adnan, while Botha fell cheaply to Walters, which left Derbyshire 102 for 5. Smith was next to go for 39 as he was caught behind with Dernbach taking the wicket. Goddard and White hit back and added a massive unbroken stand of 149. Goddard hit 77 not out, while Wagg remained unbeaten on 71.

Day Two

Goddard and Wagg both fell in nineties to Saker and Salisbury respectively. Jones hit 23, while White and Dean both hit 18, as Derbyshire were bowled out for 385.

Batty was dismissed first ball as he was adjudged leg before wicket to White. He also took the wicket of Walters for six. Newman and Butcher started a recovery with a partnership of 94. Newman fell for 63 when adjudged leg before wicket to Dean. Mark Butcher had to retire hurt on 51. Brown soon followed for 14 when he fell leg before wicket to Botha. He also took the wickets of Salisbury and Benning to leave Surrey 201 for six. At the close of play Surrey reached 208 for six, with Murtagh and Saker the two not out batsmen.

Day Three

Rain prevented a full day’s play as only 34.5 overs were possible. Surrey added 67, with Saker and Doshi both falling to White. Tim Murtagh took his score to 41 not out.

Day Four

Surrey delcared overnight and put Derbyshire into bat. Murtagh removed Stubbings and Taylor early, which left Derbyshire 17 for 2. Borrington and Adnan added 57. Adnan fell for 30 as he was caught by Brown with Salisbury taking the wicket. Next ball he trapped Smith leg before wicket. Botha soon followed for a duck to Doshi. Salisbury took the next wicket of Borrington for 38, while Doshi removed Wagg for six. Salisbury took the last wicket of Jones as Derbyshire declared on 162 for 8.

Set 273 to win from 40 overs, Surrey sent in James Benning to open with Scott Newman. This decision looked to have paid off when they added a brisk partnership of 62. Benning fell for 26 and Brown was next to go for eight as Surrey pushed for quick runs. Newman and Walters added 57. Newman hit 83 from just 76 balls before he fell to Smith. Walters was next to go for 41 as he was caught behind by Goddard with White taking the wicket. However Mark Butcher hit a run a ball 59 and was well supported by Salisbury, in a stand of 51. Surrey won on the final ball after a scrambled bye in a thrilling finish.

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