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Day 4 of 4
Match Drawn

Yorks vs Surrey

Strugglers draw at Headingley

Chanceless exhibition of orthodox batting

Darren Gough congratulates Ramprakash

LV County Championship - Division One
Headingley Carnegie - Day Four
Surrey 204 (G J Kruis 5-47) & 264-3 (S A Newman 129, M R Ramprakash 112 no) v Yorkshire 414-9 dec (A U Rashid 67 no, J A Rudolph 64, A W Gale 63, G J Kruis 50 no)
Yorkshire (12pts) drew with Surrey (8pts)

Yorkshire's relegation clash with Surrey endeed in a draw, with the undoubted highlight of day four Mark Ramprakash's 100th century in First Class cricket.

The former England and Middlesex batsman reached the landmark at 4.12pm when he leaned back and cut left-arm spinner David Wainwright to the boundary.

It was a chanceless exhibition of orthodox batting by Ramprakash, who calmly set his stall out when he arrived at the crease in the second over of the day after Yorkshire had declared overnight with a first innings lead of 210.

Surrey lost Stewart Walters to Tim Bresnan before a run had been scored but then Ramprakash joined Scott Newman (129) in a massive second wicket stand of 259 which killed off Yorkshire's chances of victory.

Ramprakash's century took him 231 minutes and came at 4.12pm off 196 balls with nine fours and a six - and at the close he had marched on to an unbeaten 112 from 227 deliveries, adding another couple of fours.

He became the 25th batsman to register 100 first-class centuries and the first since Graeme Hick in 1998.

Day Three

Yorkshire claimed maximum batting points against Surrey thanks to an unbroken last-wicket stand of 87 between Adil Rashid and Deon Kruis.

The Tykes reached the close on 414-9, giving them a more-than useful lead of 210 over Division One's bottom county heading into the last day.

They had resumed in the morning on 80-0 in reply to Surrey's total of 204 but lost opener Chris Taylor after adding just two runs.

Andrew Gale went on to reach 63 before becoming the second wicket to fall and Jacques Rudolph made 64, but while Yorkshire's top five all made good starts none went on to reach three figures.

It was left to Rashid and the tail to build the home side's advantage and give skipper Darren Gough the chance to declare overnight.

The promising young all-rounder struck eight boundaries in his 148-ball innings that was in stark contrast to the knock that last-man Kruis played late in the day.

Having already claimed career-best figures for the county of 5-47 on day one, the tail-ender showed his talents with the bat, smacking six fours and a six to reach his maiden half-century in the final over.

Day Two

A steady opening partnership between Yorkshire pair Andrew Gale and Chris Taylor was interrupted by the rain as only 50 minutes of play were possible at Headingley on day two.

The left-hand/right-hand combination could only add 30 further runs to their overnight total before torrential rain wiped out the remainder of the day's scheduled play.

The only consolation for Yorkshire was that the stand was the county's highest for the first wicket since May last year when Craig White and Joe Sayers put on 177 together against Worcestershire at Headingley.

Gale began the day on 38 to Taylor's nine and his second boundary of the morning took him to his 50 off 71 balls with eight fours.

Chris Jordan joined the attack in deteriorating light at 78-0 loss and he should have dismissed Gale for 53 but the left-hander's edge to Matt Nicholson at first slip was put down.

Only two further deliveries were possible before the players came off for bad light which was quickly followed by prolonged heavy rain that soon flooded the outfield.

Day One

Pace bowler Deon Kruis recorded his best Yorkshire figures in the Division One relegation battle with bottom club Surrey.

Surrey, who batted first having won the toss after the morning session had been wiped out by bad weather, were dismissed for 204 and they only secured a batting point through some robust hitting by the last-wicket pair of Saqlain Mushtaq and Pedro Collins, who added 37 together.

Kruis, 34, is probably in his last season with Yorkshire and the South African Kolpak player's five-wicket haul was his first for two years, as he finished with five for 47. His previous best figures were five for 59 against Northamptonshire at Headingley in 2005.

Yorkshire, desperately short of runs from their openers, used their 10th different combination in their last 14 championship matches in Andrew Gale and Chris Taylor, and the pair responded with an unbroken 50 - their side's best first-wicket stand since June of last year.

Gale was the more forceful of the two, striking Jade Dernbach for consecutive boundaries on either side of the wicket, the left-hander ending the day on 38 to Taylor's nine.

Match Details

30th Jul 2008
Headingley Carnegie
R K Illingworth and J W Lloyds


Batsman R
Newman b Wainwright 129
Walters c Pyrah b Bresnan 0
Ramprakash not out 112
Batty c Gale b Rashid 0
Afzaal not out 1
Extras 6nb, 1w, 7b, 8lb 22
Total 74.0 Overs 264 - 3
Full Batting Card


Bowler O M R W
Gough 9 2 31 0
Bresnan 10 0 52 1
Pyrah 4 1 13 0
Kruis 12 3 36 0
Rashid 17 1 47 1
Wainwright 19 3 59 1
Lyth 3 1 11 0
Full Bowling Card