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Ramprakash gives Surrey glimmer of hope

By Jon Artman
May 8 2005

Surrey v. Nottinghamshire The Brit Oval: Sunday 8 May 2005 (day 3 of 4) Toss: Surrey Umpires: M J Kitchen, N J Llong Match summary Resuming on 580-4, Notts were looking extremely good. They had smashed Surrey all over the park yesterday, and were looking to declare in style. But it didnt all go to plan. Read was dismissed soon after the start of play, and then Patel soon followed 3 runs later, where he was clean bowled. Fleming meanwhile continued to shine, and was joined by Mark Ealham. They had a short partnership of 31, before Fleming finally was beaten by Bicknell, who bowled him. But then Ealham and Franks kept the runs going, and had a glowing partnership of 72, and the pair were unbeaten when Notts declared on 692-7. Surrey batted well at first, doing exactly what they needed to. They were cautious and took their time, before right atfer lunch Scott Newman was caught behind off Ryan Sidebottom, as the win draws in for Notts. A lot depends now on Ramprakash and Batty, to try and not lose wickets, the game for Surrey. But Jon Batty failed to provide sufficient support, and soon departed scoring a respectable 27. Graham Thorpe was hugely dissaponting, and Surrey were counting on him to make an innings, but infotunatel for them, Thorpe went for a golden duck on his third ball, and stayed at the crease for less than 1 minute. That left Surrey on 69-3 and in utter turmoil. This miserable match for Surrey continued when Ali Brown, who started promisngly, was clean bowled by a good ball by off-spinner Graeme Swann. Rikki Clarke then joined Mark Ramprakash, and did what was needed of him. He defended extremely well, ensuring he didn't lose his wicket. He scored just 14 off 86 balls when his luck finally ran out, after sharing 52 with Ramprakash. Swann was again the wicket-taker, forcing him into an edge which was caught behind. Surrey found some more resistance with Benning, but he also lost his wicket when he was trapped lbw off Paul Franks' bowling. But Bicknell was cautious when the day was drawing to an end, and he was unbeaten at stumps, with 11 runs to his name, and scored 2 nice boundaries. A glimmer of hope for Surrey and a fine 92 not out by Mark Ramprakash who saw all his partners depart. But possibly his most meaningless century as a Surrey are heading for a heavy defeat. I think the Surrey team will have to pray for rain tomorrow...

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