Surrey v Yorkshire, The Oval, 2nd day September 25, 2013

Young Surrey begin well after Ballance ton

Surrey 172 for 1 (Burns 82, Sibley 81*) trail Yorkshire 434 (Ballance 148, Jaques 88, Ansari 4-70) by 262 runs

Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley led the way as Surrey reached 172 for 1 in response to Yorkshire's 434 all out on day of two their Championship Division One clash.

The hosts made a solid start thanks to a first wicket stand of 171 in 66 overs between Burns and Sibley, who shared in Surrey's most productive opening partnership of the season in four-day cricket - the previous best being 70.

Sibley, 18, ended the day with an unbeaten 81 off 203 balls. But just before the close a superb catch by Jonny Bairstow off the bowling of Steven Patterson saw Burns depart for an equally resolute 82. That was after Gary Ballance had hit 148 off 232 balls, including 20 fours and a six, as Yorkshire racked up their 10th Championship total this summer in excess of 400.

Sibley, who has been granted leave from his A-levels at Whitgift School, was fortunate to survive a chance to second slip off the bowling of Ryan Sidebottom, when on 8. But thereafter both batsmen played with increasing poise, underlined when Burns pulled Adil Rashid for six in the 25th over.

After tea, Sibley drove Rashid through extra cover off the back foot for two boundaries in an over before Burns cut Sidebottom for four to move to a 121-ball half-century.

Sibley brought up his maiden first-class half-century, which came off 163 balls, by lifting Kane Williamson over long-on for six. Four overs later, Sibley on drove and pulled Rashid for two successive fours, although not before Burns had caressed Jack Brooks through extra cover off the front foot.

The morning belonged to Yorkshire who, resuming on 316 for 6, added a further 118 to their overnight score. Rashid contributed 43 to a seventh wicket stand of 72 in 19 overs with Ballance, who cut Matthew Dunn viciously for four in the second over of the day before replicating the stroke a couple of overs later.

After Rashid departed leg-before to Tom Jewell, Ballance reached across to cut a wayward delivery from Jewell for four to bring up his fourth Championship hundred of the season, which came off 194 balls and included 14 boundaries. The 23-year-old hit three consecutive fours square of the wicket off Jewell, which prompted the reintroduction to the attack of Dunn, who had Sidebottom caught low down in front of first slip by Steven Davies.

Just before lunch, Ballance lifted Zafar Ansari over deep midwicket for a maximum but perished attempting to repeat the dose, soon to be followed by Brooks - who was caught behind to give Ansari a Championship best return of 4 for 70.

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  • Cyril on September 26, 2013, 10:48 GMT

    @TripleCenturian Think you must have only read the first sentence of my comment. I made no comment on the performance of Yorkshire over the season, just how they bowled yesterday, and yesterday they were rubbish.

  • Mark on September 25, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Cyril. If you have followed Surrey all season then surely some of their bowling must consistently be worse. Look at the league table for starters. The Yorkshire team is a bowler light compared to normal. We have nothing to prove and the Oval is hardly conducive to bowlers putting their back into it to get some reward.

    If you want to see the Yorkshire attack ten look at them at Headingley or re other 7 away games. A good solid unit who have bowled sides out consistently this season.

  • Samuel on September 25, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    All of Surrey's wickets and runs so far in this game have been from home-grown products in their early 20s. Makes their insistence on playing the likes of de Bruyn and Lewis all year even more baffling. They have the young core of an excellent side, and I really hope their young guns are stuck with.

    Fine innings from Ballance though, the perfect way to respond to an Ashes call-up. Genuinely think he could be something a bit special in years to come; able to adapt to any given situation, technically solid but able to get a move on, and seems to play excellently with the lower order.

    On a less positive note, can't say I think too much of young Tom Jewell's action. Without wishing to call the lad a chucker, think he could work on straightening that elbow a fraction!

  • Cyril on September 25, 2013, 18:02 GMT

    I've seen some poor bowling this season, but Yorkshire this afternoon was probably the worst. They were dreadful, especially Rashid. But they're enjoying themselves in London after a great season and this match means nothing to them. The fact that Surrey turn out that sort of performance in must win matches, shows how rotten things are at The Oval.

    It was a typical end of season day, I'd place as much value on the innings of Burns and Sibley as if they had made runs against a university side.

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