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Lions suffer fourth defeat

By Ben Horne
May 17 2005

Surrey suffered their fourth consecutive defeat in the tote sport league two as they were beaten by 60 runs by Leicestershire at Grace Road. Dinesh Mongia was the hero as he top scored for the foxes with 67 and then took 4 for 15.

Leicestershire won the toss and decided to bat, but they were soon in trouble at 16 for 2 as Tim Murtagh removed both openers. Ackerman and Mongia then added 51, but when on 22 Ackerman fell to Neil Saker. Habib followed shortly after for 1, and Leicestershire were struggling at 75 for 4. However Mongia continued to flourish and reached 67 before he was bowled by Bicknell. Useful scores Sadler (22) and Nixon (18) helped Leicestershire reach a respectable total of 194 for 9.

Surrey then lost John Batty early on as he fell to Gibson for 8. Scott Newman looked in good touch before he was run out for 28. Clarke and Brown followed soon and the lions were struggling at 76 for 4. Once again Surrey had to look to stand in Captain Mark Ramprakash to steer then to safety. However when on 34 he become Mongia’s first victim. This left Surrey 101 for 5. After this the rest of the Surrey batting collapsed to Mongia as he took the wickets of Bicknell, Ormond and Doshi. Surrey were bowled out for a miserable 134, with only four players reaching double figures. One factor which did not help the Surrey cause was the decision to play 5 specialist bowlers, which left Bicknell coming in at number 7.

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