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Surrey vs Sussex

Slow Surrey settle for draw

Hosts set for the drop after missed opportunity at The Oval

Nash: Measured 71 not out

LV County Championship - Division One
The Brit Oval
Surrey 455 (M R Ramprakash 178, J N Batty 102, U Afzaal 58) & 171-7 dec v Sussex 328 (R S C Martin-Jenkins 71 no, M W Goodwin 55, C D Hopkinson 53) & 154-3 (C D Nash 71 no)
Surrey (11pts) drew with Sussex (8pts)

Mark Ramprakash's prolonged declaration on day four resulted in his side's winless streak continuing as they drew with Sussex at The Oval.

Ramprakash, whose side are bottom of the LV County Championship and without a win all season, adopted an over-cautious approach in a game he had to win, by not declaring at lunch with a lead of 278.

Instead, he used up four overs plus two for the break between innings' after lunch before setting a target of 299 off 62 overs.

It was a challenge Michael Yardy's side never entertained, and despite the loss of three early wickets, Chris Nash's 71 not out, made in a stand of 123 with Carl Hopkinson (47no), saw Sussex to safety.

Surrey began the day in search of quick runs after amassing a lead of 204 before a ball was bowled - but their plans to push on were derailed by the loss of three wickets in six balls.

Jonathan Batty, James Benning and Ramprakash all fell in quick succession before Matthew Nicholson and Afzaal steadied matters with a stand of 42.

Surrey briefly entertained hopes of victory when Alex Tudor struck twice in his first over, having Michael Thornely caught behind for two and dangerman Murray Goodwin taken at short-leg for a duck.

Nash was given lives on 46 and 67 but Sussex held out comfortably as their title challenge, and Surrey's Division One status look all but over.

Day three

Surrey lead by 204 runs with eight second-innings wickets still standing heading into the final day against Sussex at the Brit Oval.

Mark Ramprakash (36no) and Jon Batty (24no) continued their mastery of the Sussex bowling attack with an unbroken third-wicket stand of 64 to guide the hosts to 77-2 in their second innings.

The same pair had shared a 232-run alliance in the first innings while both plundering centuries.

Ramprakash's innings took him past the 1,000-run mark in the LV County Championship this summer, the 18th time he has achieved the feat during his career.

Earlier on day three, Sussex extended their first innings from 97-3 to 328 all out - a deficit of 127 - with Murray Goodwin (55), Carl Hopkinson (53) and Robin Martin-Jenkins (71no) all contributing half-centuries.

Number nine Martin-Jenkins added a crucial last-wicket partnership of 57 with Jason Lewry (22) to ensure Sussex avoided the follow-on.

Day two

Surrey continue to dominate their County Championship clash with Sussex having amassed an imposing first innings total of 455.

In reply the visitors had reached 97-3 by the close with Murray Goodwin still at the crease just one run short of a half century.

Surrey resumed with Mark Ramprakash (133 not out) and Jonathan Batty (96 not out) at the crease and the latter wasted little time in registering his second century of the season with a glorious boundary through mid-wicket.

However, he added only two more before perishing to Corey Collymore to bring an end to the 232-run third-wicket stand.

Ramprakash was eventually dismissed for 178 after a holing out to deep square leg and Surrey then suffered something of a collapse losing their last six wickets for just 57 runs.

Usman Afzaal did chip in with 58, while Essex loanee Alex Tudor made a quick-fire 30 on his return to first-team action for the hosts.

They wasted no time in making inroads into the Sussex top order as Jade Dernbach snapped up Chris Nash for seven and Michael Thornely without scoring.

Goodwin then steadied the ship with Michael Yardy, although Yardy was run out by a direct hit from James Benning for 36 to leave Surrey in the ascendancy.

Day one

A third century in successive innings from Mark Ramprakash was the highlight on day one of Surrey's LV County Championship Division One match against Sussex at the Brit Oval.

The former England star ended the day unbeaten on 133 alongside Jonathan Batty (96 no) as they shared an unbroken third-wicket partnership of 216.

However, Ramprakash could find himself in trouble with the authorities after a spat with Sussex's Murray Goodwin just before he reached his century.

What looked like a disagreement on running down the wicket ended with the Surrey captain having to be restrained by the umpires to avoid further confrontation.

The home side had earlier been reduced to 40-2 following a superb opening spell from Sussex bowler Jason Lewry.

Stewart Walters (0) fell in the third over of the morning before Lewry also used swing and bounce to claim the scalp of Scott Newman (18).

However, Ramprakash and Batty then steadied the ship, with their century partnership coming in 42 overs.

Despite his argument, Ramprakash went on to complete his century in the 68th over from 168 balls which included 13 fours and a six.

Match Details

Date
20th Aug 2008
Toss
Venue
The Brit Oval
Umpires
R J Bailey and J F Steele

sussex BATTING CARD

Batsman R
Yardy c Benning b Nicholson 11
Nash not out 71
Thornley c Batty b Tudor 2
Goodwin c Tudor 0
Hopkinson not out 47
Extras 6nb, 9b, 8lb 23
Total 57.0 Overs 154 - 3
Full Batting Card

surrey BOWLING CARD

Bowler O M R W
Nicholson 5 2 11 1
Dernbach 9 2 18 0
Hussain 18 3 46 0
Tudor 7 3 24 2
Mushtaq 15 3 32 0
Benning 3 1 6 0
Full Bowling Card