Derbyshire v Surrey, Derby, 4th day

Derbs hold on after Ponting's 192

June 2, 2013

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Derbyshire 452 (Madsen 152, Chanderpaul 129, Tremlett 5-95) and 164 for 3 (Hughes 68) drew with Surrey 553 (Ponting 192, Harinath 154)

Chris Tremlett struck in the first over of the match, Derbyshire v Surrey, County Championship, Division One, Derby, 1st day, May 30, 2013
Chris Tremlett took his match tally to eight wickets after Ricky Ponting's 192 © Getty Images

Surrey had to settle for a draw from their Championship Division One clash with Derbyshire despite the best efforts of Chris Tremlett and Ricky Ponting, who fell eight runs short of a double-century on the final day.

Ponting was run out for 192 from 271 balls, the highest score by a Surrey player on first-class debut, before the visitors declared 101 runs ahead on 553 for eight. Tremlett then set the alarm bells ringing in the home camp when he reduced them to 105 for 3.

When Tremlett took his third wicket by bowling Chesney Hughes for 68, Surrey sensed there was an outside chance of victory but Shivnarine Chanderpaul and Wes Durston stood firm, adding an unbroken 59 before the teams shook hands just after 5pm.

It might have been different if Surrey had taken early wickets to put the division's bottom side under pressure but Hughes and Billy Godleman shared Derbyshire's highest opening stand of the season, 76 in 19 overs, before Tremlett broke through.

Surrey had started the day 90 runs behind but Ponting and Steven Davies scored freely on another sunny morning to open up the possibility of pulling off an unlikely victory. Ponting reached his 150 when he cover drove Mark Turner for his 18th four and Davies also kept the scoreboard ticking at five an over by completing his half-century off only 46 balls.

The fifth-wicket stand was worth 105 in 20 overs when Davies was well caught at deep midwicket by Godleman off David Wainwright for 59, but Gary Wilson helped Ponting maintain the scoring rate before the 38-year-old former Australia captain's superb innings ended in the last over of the morning.

Ponting set off for a sharp single but was well beaten by a direct hit at the bowler's end from wicketkeeper Richard Johnson. Despite that, it had still been a good session for Surrey with 155 runs coming in 29 overs.

Gary Wilson then made 45 from 48 balls before Gareth Batty declared but Hughes and Godleman took Derbyshire some way down the road to safety before Tremlett gave the game a final twist. He trapped Godleman lbw for 28, bowled Wayne Madsen with one that kept low and then beat Hughes for pace to effectively leave Derbyshire on 4 for 3 but Chanderpaul eased the nerves in the home dressing room by driving Zander de Bruyn for three fours in an over.

Tremlett ended with match figures of 8 for 133, which was an excellent effort on a pitch where more than 1,000 runs had been scored, but the result means both Surrey and Derbyshire are still without a Championship victory.

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Posted by Drew2 on (June 5, 2013, 5:34 GMT)

@PFEL all's well that ends well:)

Posted by cricketfanwrites on (June 4, 2013, 15:53 GMT)

Wow! Is CA kicking themselves in the rear for asking Punter to call it quits in Test cricket? - Yes I know he was struggling but CA should have allowed him to go out on his own terms - play the Ashes and then retire. Go Punter. A couple more centuries while your lads struggle against England will definitely open a few eyes in CA administrations.

Posted by PFEL on (June 4, 2013, 5:38 GMT)

@Drew2, sorry, just realised you were right regarding "you're", lol, i reread my post as something different and you are right I did intend it as "you are". Article is still mistaken though ;)

Posted by PFEL on (June 4, 2013, 1:38 GMT)

@Drew2, I was making a minor observation in jest. and "you're" means "you are", so, no, that would have been wrong, what I wrote was 100% correct.

Posted by kensohatter on (June 3, 2013, 23:39 GMT)

@drew2... Where is the incorrect use of your're!?! Think you are the one being pedantic. PFEL was just pointing out that the article is incorrect and that Ponting is obviously not on first class debut... Lets just say nice innings he should be in the australian side and move on.

Posted by   on (June 3, 2013, 22:07 GMT)

A team that is close to an ex Worcestershire XI (De Bruyn, Batty, Davies and Solanki) with some ex Hampshire players and an Aussie do a decent job of holding off the might of "Derbyshire" then. Well done lads. You'd have thought with 8.2 million people in their catchment area (compared with 300,000 COMBINED for Worcestershire and Hampshire) that Surrey might actually be able to grow their own talent? Perhaps they just aren't good enough?

Posted by Drew2 on (June 3, 2013, 10:20 GMT)

@ PFEL if you are going to be pedantic about the wording of Ponting's 1st class debut for Surrey, then you should know that the use of the word "your" in your sentence should have been spelt "you're".

Posted by PFEL on (June 3, 2013, 9:33 GMT)

@Chris_P, I know what it intended to say, I was just pointing out the error. "highest score by a Surrey player on first-class debut" - means on first class debut. It should have read "highest score by a Surrey player on their Surrey debut"

Posted by Harlequin. on (June 3, 2013, 8:54 GMT)

Great to see Tremors back in amongst it - can't wait to see him back in an England shirt and terrorising the Aussies again!

Posted by nzcricket174 on (June 3, 2013, 8:18 GMT)

Please come back Punter! Pup would be so happy if you changed your mind.

Dear Australian selectors, SOS Punter Alfie Langer style, please!

Posted by kensohatter on (June 3, 2013, 6:30 GMT)

Punter would walk into the current australian top 6. I think hes been way to hard on himself and deserves a shot a rectifying the only blemish on a stellar career - reclaiming the ashes. He been scoring runs since retirment for both Tassie and now Surrey and has the experience australia crave in their batting line up so badly. Please punter one more test series.

Posted by Chris_P on (June 3, 2013, 2:38 GMT)

@PFEL. The statement is correct. It is the highest debut score for a Surrey player. It didn't say overall first class, it specified SURREY PLAYER, this was Ponting's first game for Surrey, his debut match, ergo the statement is correct. @left_arm_unorthodox. He has just come off one of his most successful shield seasons for Tasmania, he is in the zone & more importantly he is putting something back into the game with his eagerness to help younger players in his team. To play a player to perform is one thing, for the player to impart his knowledge & help develop cricketers is something that can only be good for the overall game. he has always been as team man.

Posted by PFEL on (June 2, 2013, 23:49 GMT)

"highest score by a Surrey player on first-class debut" . . . hate to tell you but Ponting wasn't on First-class debut. It was his Surrey debut. But your 286 matches too late for Ponting's first-class debut.

Posted by Chris_P on (June 2, 2013, 23:42 GMT)

Good effort by Punter, but no doubt he would be disappointed Surrey didn't complete the outright, he has always put the team ahead of his own performances.

Posted by left_arm_unorthodox on (June 2, 2013, 23:20 GMT)

Couple of years of county and shield cricket -- come on, Ricky, make it 100 (first class) hundreds.

Seriously, I think Ponting is in that zone where he is too good for First class but just slowed down a little and not quite there (by his own standards, anyway) for test cricket. Still better than most of the current Aussie team, though.

Posted by   on (June 2, 2013, 22:42 GMT)

I support India but also admire the class, passion and commitment of great players this game produced - Ponting is by far the most determined, focused and a complete team player..he is still the top 2-3 player in Test arena if he plays.. his absence in forthcoming Ashes is England gain and Australia's loss! Common Clark get him back for the Ashes!

Posted by DaDaL0G on (June 2, 2013, 18:49 GMT)

Hats off for Sir Ponting !! i Love to See him Play for Australia Again in Ashes for the Last time he is in Splendid form and Ausies have to make the most of Such great Player Of World Cricket , Age Doesnt Matter Whenever i look Sachin i think Ponting have 3 Years Left :) Sachin Still Playing Although aint getting Success but He is Also a class act of the game

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