Report: Day 2 of Sussex v Surrey LV= CC Clash06-Apr-2012
Surrey held the upper hand in their LV= County Championship Division One clash with Sussex as 13 wickets fell and 341 runs were scored on an eventful second day at the Kia Oval.
The hosts closed the day on 250 for eight in their second innings, leading by 318, but only after 89 from captain Rory Hamilton-Brown and 47 from Tom Maynard had got them out of trouble.
Newly-promoted Surrey appeared to be up against it as they slipped from 52 for one to 55 for four as James Anyon took two quick wickets and Mark Ramprakash was run out.
But Hamilton-Brown and Maynard hit out in a stand of 136 to take the game away from Sussex, who had been dismissed for 196 in their first innings.
Anyon had Jacques Rudolph caught at backward point and Zander de Bruyn held at slip, while Michael Yardy had Chris Jordan stumped and Amjad Khan ran out Ramprakash with a direct hit from midwicket as Sussex had their opponents wobbling early in their second innings.
With only a modest lead of 123 at that point, Surrey were in danger of conceding their advantage, but Hamilton-Brown and Maynard had other ideas.
They produced an array of attractive strokes in adding 100 for the fifth wicket inside 20 overs to tame the Sussex attack.
After tea Hamilton-Brown and Maynard extended their partnership to 136 in 28 overs before a stunning over-the-shoulder catch on the run at deep midwicket by Murray Goodwin sent the former packing for 89 from 103 balls.
With his score on 47 Maynard missed an expansive drive against Anyon to lose his off stump and spark another mini Surrey collapse.
Gareth Batty fell for a second-ball duck after hanging his bat out and edging to slip to give Anyon creditable figures of 4-63.
Then Rory Burns inexplicably drove a length ball from Naveed Arif Gondal into the hands of Luke Wells at extra cover.
With the floodlights on in fading light, Jon Lewis and Stuart Meaker dug deep to add a precious 40 runs for the ninth wicket before the umpires deemed it too dangerous to play on.
Earlier in the day, Surrey needed a further 22 overs before eventually picking up the visitors’ last five first-innings’ wickets.
Sussex added a further 91 runs in that time, 74 coming through partnerships for the last two wickets, involving Joe Gatting with first Anyon and then debutant Lewis Hatchett.
Gatting finished unbeaten on 72 when last man Hatchett called for a risky second only to run himself out as Sussex conceded a first-innings deficit of 68.
Report taken from ECB Website