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By Jon Artman
April 29 2005

Play was delayed by heavy rain and bad weather, although play did eventually get underway, with Glamorgan winning the toss and electing to bat Surrey started extremely well and confidently, with James Ormond and Akram opening the bowling, and to good effect. Ormond forced Aussie Matthew Elliott into an edge and was caught first ball fo the day for a duck by Ramprakash. Akram was amazingly tight, so far conceding only 8 runs off 5 overs. Glamorgan put ona partnership after the very early wicket, and were slow and steady, taking no risks. It looks like the wrong decision to bat first.

Bowling Figures (AT PRESENT):

J Ormond 7 3 21 1 0 0
M Akram 5 1 8 0 1 0
T J Murtagh 5 3 13 0 0 0
R Clarke 5 2 11 0 0 0
N D Doshi 2 0 3 1 0 0

Finally Ian Thomas ann Hemp's partnership was broken by spinner Nayan Doshi, with Thomas driving poorly and being caught by Rikki Clarke. England hopeful Mike Powell has joined Hemp at the crease. But Powell soon was leg-before off Tim Murtagh's bowling for 11, to leave them 96-3, in a poor situation. The good bowling continued as Surrey continued to pressurise the batsmen when possible. Jim Hughes, a new young batsmen for Glamorgan, went for a duck on his second ball and was caught behind of Murtagh again. 100-4 and in trouble now. Hemp's fine innings finally came to an end fairly soon after trying to balance things out again and was clean bowled by new signing Mohammed Akram, Glamorgan now on a miserable 115-5. The pressure still continued and the batsmen had no answer - yet... Captain Robert Croft failed to make an impact and was out for 2 off Akram again. But now Glamorgan found some resistance on the damp, bowler-friendly pitch. Wicket-keeper Wallace found a partner in SD Thomas who watched his partner most of the time smash boundaries around the place. Wallace's innings was a joy to watch, even for Surrey fans! He saved Glamorgan from true embarrasment. Thomas did strike a few boundaries before inevitably he departed for just 15 off the in-form Akram, caught at slip by Ramprakash. Bowlers Wharf and Harrison departed again soon after one after the other. Simon Jones defended well, lasting lots of balls. Wallace unluckily missed out on his century, 4 runs away from it. Glamorgan were a respectable 250allout. Surrey's innings started reasonably well, but young one Richard Clinton failed to get going properly, only scoring 7 before returning to the pavilion. Surrey did well reacing 50 for the loss of 1 only and then on 66-1 Newman was denied a half-century by England bowler Alex Wharf. Graham Thorpe was also dissapointing, only managing 5. Then captain Jon Batty and Ramprakash took over, with Ramprakash at stumps still unbeaten, with a fine 72 his name. Very good, solid, fluent innings from the former England and Middx batsmen.

Day 3:

Welcome to Sophia Gardens once again, it is beter weather today, but still quite overcast. Surrey have made a dreadful start to the day, already losing Nayan Doshi for a duuck, who faced 10 balls. He was bowled by Alex Wharf. At the mometn anyway it looks like the most probable result is a draw, unless Glamorgan continue to take quick wickets and then bat quickly, and then get Surrey in again after tea! Ali Brown is in now for Surrey and has got off the mark, he's on 2, whilst Ramprakash is still unbeaten on 86, and heading towards a century. They are doing well the new pair now, Ramprakash is now just 5 runs away, and Ali Brown looks in good nick too. This partnership may well be crucial for Surrey. They have made 30 runs together so far. And as I type,there goes Brown! Bowled and caught by Harrison, good bowling there. This match is really hotting up now and very interesting, the ball is back in Glamorgan's court now. Ramprakash is out! Gone for an amazing innings of 107, Surrey have been stuck on 243-7 and now Glamorgan are into the tail. Ormond gone now! For a duck! He faced just 6 balls and Surrey are now 243-9. That's it, it is the end of the innigns now, Simon Jones has bowled Akram for a duck and Surrey close on 248 all out. Glamorgan begin their second innings now with openers Matthew Elliott, and Ian Thomas. Matthew ELliott is out already caught behind in the second over by Akram! What a match this is turning out to be! Hemp is in now with Ian Thomas and has struck a nice boundary, to leave Glamorgan currently on 9-1. Thomas is out! Excellent start to the bowling by the opening pair of bowlers. You have just got to watch this match! This is an absolute thriller and a result is much more likely now. 9-2, Thomas was caught behind off Ormond's bowling. Glamorgan are just 11 runs ahead and if the wickets continue, it could be an easy victory for Surrey! Glamorgan recovered from the shock, early couple of wickets by Surrey, with Powell and Hemp batting sensibly and steadily, not taking any risks as so to not lose wickets. But their luck ran out on 64-2, when Ormondn bowled a beauty to dislodge MIke Powell leaving him caught behind. Ormond then did the same to the next batsmen in Hughes, who had an over before returning to the pavilion. Akram now has got another wicket, this time Hemp driving lazily straight to Rikki CLarke. Surrey in charge at the moment and it looks like a Surrey victory unless captain Robert Croft and wickie Mark Wallace can change things around. But the captain couldnt and was out five runs later, now on 75-5. Thomas soon followed, Glamorgan's misery continuing. But Wallace and Wharf saved the day with a good, big partnership before Doshi had Wallace caught behind for 55. Wharf and Jones went after to rap up the innings quickly. Surrey were left an easy target of 176. They were off to a flyer despite losing an early wicket, with Richard Clinton caught at slip of Simon Jones for just the 1 run. And as I speak Newman has just departed lbw for 48. They have raced to 65-2 courtesy of a quick, brilliant innings from Newman. Only 13 overs gone! Surrey are half way there now and a victory is in their reach now, but probably wont be completed until tomorrow.

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