Weather ends Pears' chase
Exciting finale ruined by rain at the Oval
Last Updated: 22/04/12 6:31pm
Rain had the last word at the Oval as the County Championship between Surrey and Worcestershire ended in a draw.
Play was interrupted at 3.30pm, with Worcestershire on 94-1 chasing 246 for victory after Surrey had been bowled out in their second innings just before lunch for 224. The players never returned, and the match was called off just before 5pm.
It was frustrating end to a game that began with a first-day wash-out and a second day which featured only 35 overs. But, when seven wickets fell on that day and then 19 more on the third, a result looked probable when Surrey resumed on the fourth morning 152 ahead at 131-6.
Surrey skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown took his overnight 55 to 76 before he became the 10th victim of the match for Pears seamer Alan Richardson (4-81).
Stuart Meaker, Jon Lewis and last man Jade Dernbach all hit out attractively to take Surrey's overall lead well past 200 and Worcestershire openers Daryl
Mitchell and Michael Klinger had to negotiate three overs just before the lunch interval.
Klinger, a 31-year-old Australian who is acting as Worcestershire's overseas player until his fellow countryman Phil Hughes becomes available to take up his summer contract with the county in late May, was particularly strong through the offside and Dernbach, in particular, felt the force of his driving and cutting.
Klinger reached his 50 with a six down the ground against spinner Gareth Batty and was 69 not out when he lost his partner Mitchell, bowled off stump by Chris Jordan for 20, just before the rain came.
Surrey will head into the final day of their Division One match against Worcestershire in control thanks to a career-best 6-39 from Stuart Meaker and an unbeaten run-a-ball 55 from Rory Hamilton-Brown at The Oval.
On a pitch offering decent carry and plenty of sideways movement, 19 wickets fell on day three, which ended with Surrey on 131-6 - 152 runs ahead with four wickets intact.
Looking to build on the hosts' first-innings lead of 21, Jason Roy clubbed David Lucas straight down the ground for six only to fall to a superb catch at second slip off Alan Richardson three overs later.
Steven Davies, looking to drive through mid-on, had his off stump rocked back by Lucas. With Zander de Bruyn and Mark Ramprakash both being pinned on the crease by Richardson and Tom Maynard getting a leading edge to mid-off the hosts found themselves on 59 for five.
But then Hamilton-Brown joined forces with Chris Jordan. Together they added 44 valuable runs for the sixth wicket before Jordan edged Richard Jones behind shortly before the close.
Earlier in the day, after resuming on 123-7, Surrey only lasted a further 40 minutes before they were dismissed for 140 - their lowest first-innings total at The Oval since September 1999.
Alan Richardson claimed five wickets as Surrey's batsmen struggled on a shortened second day against Worcestershire at the Kia Oval.
After visiting captain Daryl Mitchell had won the toss during a brief break from the rain on Thursday, his bowlers intially struggled when the Division One match finally got underway.
Openers Jason Roy and Steve Davies put on 48 for the first wicket before the departure of the former for a breezy 38 led to a top-order collapse by the hosts.
Having struck the initial blow, Richardson then saw off left-hander Davies for 15 while Zander de Bruyn also fell to the veteran seamer. With Richard Jones picking up a couple of scalps in support, Surrey slipped to 69-5.
Tom Maynard (34) and Chris Jordan (20) put on a sixth-wicket stand of 53 before both were dismissed by Richardson (5-42) just before rain ended proceedings.
Persistent rain saw day one of Surrey's LV= County Championship Division One match against Worcestershire at the Kia Oval abandoned without a ball being bowled.
The Oval groundstaff worked hard throughout the day to make conditions playable, but steady drizzle throughout the morning and then heavier rain for an hour immediately following a 1.40pm inspection eventually put paid to their efforts.
There was just time, however, before the first lengthy spell of rain, for Worcestershire captain Daryl Mitchell to win the toss and choose to field first when the match finally begins.
Surrey are without opening batsman Jacques Rudolph for this game. The South Africa Test player flew home on Wednesday following the murder of Louis Vorster, the cricketer who played first-class cricket in South Africa and one first-class match for Worcestershire in 1988.