Gloucestershire v Surrey, Bristol, 2nd day June 10, 2014

Surrey roar past 600 against Gloucs

Press Association

Surrey 626 for 6 (Burns 199, Solanki 143, Roy 121*, Ansari 98) lead Gloucestershire 112 by 514 runs

Rory Burns fell just one run short of a double-century as Surrey smashed a host of records in heaping a mammoth total of 626 for 6 on ramshackle Gloucestershire in Bristol.

Burns was not alone in falling short of a personal milestone, with Zafar Ansari slipping two short of his maiden first-class century. Burns' 199, Ansari's 98 and Jason Roy's red-hot unbeaten 121 from just 71 balls - only his second first-class hundred - were all new first-class personal bests.

Vikram Solanki also fired 143 as Surrey refused to be contained in the West Country. Gloucestershire's 112 all out is a mere speck on the County Ground horizon after two days, given Surrey's 514-run lead.

Surrey had resumed on 186 without loss, with Ansari 84 and Burns 98 overnight. Spin-bowling allrounder Ansari followed up his 77 not out and 62 against Worcestershire at The Oval at the start of the month with another fine knock, surpassing his previous best of 83 not out.

Burns eclipsed his previous top score of 121 as the visitors applied a constant chokehold - and then Roy hammered past his 106 not out highest knock without consummate ease.

Ansari proved the day's first dismissal, just two runs shy of that maiden first-class century, Alex Gidman holding the catch from Benny Howell's bowling. South Africa's new Test captain Hashim Amla was unable to force a start, trapped leg before by Will Gidman for just 9.

Surrey breezed away from leaking two wickets for 12 runs, Burns ticking along at a solid rate and new partner Solanki raising the pace. The vastly-experienced 38-year-old blasted his century from just 112 balls as the visitors showed their superiority.

Burns and Solanki put on 212 for the third wicket as Surrey seriously ratcheted up proceedings, Burns homing in on a double century. Just as he was lining up his celebrations though, Liam Norwell had him caught by Alex Gidman, just the one agonising run short.

Unsatisfied with 439 for 3, greedy Surrey kept on dismantling the Gloucestershire attack. Steven Davies fell to Will Gidman for 9, but Solanki moved on to 143 before he was removed, by Matt Taylor.

Sensing a slog-fest, Roy stepped into the fray and produced the innings of the day, where aggression was concerned at least. His howitzer hundred came from just 55 balls and 67 minutes, including nine fours and seven sixes. Gary Wilson then hit 26 before he was clean bowled by Norwell, with Gareth Batty 4 not out at the close.

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  • Daniel on June 11, 2014, 13:18 GMT

    Everything mentioned apart from the records you would know from the scorecard.

    No mention of the fact Ansari again looked well set before guiding a half tracker from a medium pacer straight into Gidman's hands, probably doesn't receive easier practice catches. Or that Burns flashed and flashed hard a wide-ish delivery for Gidman to take a very good sharp catch diving to his left.

    Or that when Roy was batting the field placements were a little obscure to say the least! Roy hadn't hit a ball over mid-wicket or square leg yet there was a wide fine leg, deep square leg, deep midwicket and deep long on. So he continued to hit the ball inside out over extra cover with just a long off and deep point in place. Surely you could have lost the fine leg or deep square leg and placed them where he was looking to hit every ball?

    The bowling of Gloucestershire was also indifferent. Seemed to have no set plan as to the way they were going to bowl or the field placements to back up the bowling.

  • Ray on June 11, 2014, 9:06 GMT

    As mentioned by another poster "such riches, surrey fans can hardly believe it". Hopefully, all 3 Surrey youngsters will continue to develop this season. Ansari, especially, might have what it takes to make the top.

    To finish on a negative (wouldn't be a Surrey supporter if I didn't). Was it really necessary to continue batting after Roy had made his hundred? We could have had 4 overs at Gloucs at the end.

  • Martyn on June 11, 2014, 8:05 GMT

    I was listening on the radio when Roy hit a six straight past an estate agent showing someone the view from the balcony of a new flat near the ground. Apparently, the ball left a clearly visible hole in some wooden paneling. I rather doubt that the prospective purchaser was as impressed as the commentators clearly were.

  • Jeremy on June 11, 2014, 6:33 GMT

    The Gloucs boys rather up against it in this match!

  • Dummy4 on June 11, 2014, 5:01 GMT

    on the radio ansari had his first century most of the day until someone actually checked the figures and then the matter was quietly dropped. those local sports presenters really aren't very good. on the other hand, let's hope surrey declare overnight and don't indulge in a run gorging to match victorian times. surely we have enough now, and enough time, to win this thing?wll done jason roy on the fastest century of the season. that's two great days for surreyin a row. such riches, surrey fans can hardly believe it

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