Northamptonshire v Surrey, Northampton, 1st day August 31, 2011

Vaas too good for Surrey batsmen

Northamptonshire 4 for 0 v Surrey 269

Former Sri Lanka seamer Chaminda Vaas took four wickets for County Championship Division Two leaders Northamptonshire on the first day of their match against Surrey at Wantage Road.

Surrey wicketkeeper Steven Davies made 81 off 157 balls, including 12 fours, as Surrey were bowled out for 269, with Zander de Bruyn also plundering 58 off 132 deliveries.

Wickets fell at regular intervals as Vaas took figures of four for 57 for the hosts, who then closed on 4-0 after surviving the remaining five overs unscathed. Surrey won the toss and chose to bat but lost captain Rory Hamilton-Brown cheaply for just 13 when he smashed Vaas to Stephen Peters, who took a head-high catch at cover.

Davies and veteran Mark Ramprakash then survived the rest of a relatively quiet morning session to reach lunch on 86 for 1. Davies completed a patient half-century off 128 balls in the fifth over of the afternoon as he and Ramprakash added 65 between them for the second wicket.

This stand was ended when Ramprakash, after making 30, had his leg stump uprooted by David Burton, who is playing in the County Championship for the first time this season. Davies eventually perished when he edged Northamptonshire captain Andrew Hall's delivery and Alex Wakely took a low catch in front of him at first slip.

Tom Maynard made only seven before playing loosely at Hall and was caught behind by Northamptonshire and Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien. Jason Roy was then given a huge let-off on 12 when Rob Newton dropped a simple chance, which was drilled straight to him at mid-off off the bowling of Hall.

The visitors reached tea on 200 for 4 but Roy departed in the fourth over of the evening for 31 when he was given what looked a harsh lbw off Burton. James Middlebrook picked up his first wicket when he trapped his fellow spinner, former England international Gareth Batty, lbw for nine.

South African De Bruyn hung around to go past 50 off 117 balls but he fell when he edged Vaas to O'Brien. Stuart Meaker made just a single before nudging Middlebrook to Hall at slip in the next over, and Vaas then ended the Surrey innings by pinning both Chris Jordan (three) and Tim Linley (16) lbw.

Northamptonshire openers Newton and Kyle Coetzer survived until the close with both of them resuming on one tomorrow.

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  • Mark on September 1, 2011, 18:40 GMT

    Yes! Tales of the unexpected. Notthants choking with Division 1 within touching distance?

  • ian on September 1, 2011, 17:16 GMT

    @CricketingStargazer (how apposite!) Something very special happened... note this lad, Stuart Meaker. He could well go to a higher level so long as he remains injury free. He's in the next generation of English quicks - in fact he's probably quicker than anyone in the current England side - just a little erratic at the moment. Bad luck, Nhants!

  • Nilantha on September 1, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    Vassy still doing well despite his age, please note this Sri Lanka...He should be our bowling coach...well done old man...

  • Mark on August 31, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    Only 2 batting bonus points. Middlesex going like machines and Northants well on top here. It will take something very special to keep Surrey in the promotion hunt. Even with a game in hand, they are so far behind that they have to take every point and hope that the leaders slip up. Northants will hope to bat all day tomorrow and then at least a session on Day 3 and put the game out of each.

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