Surrey v Durham, Specsavers Championship Div 1, Kia Oval, 4th day May 4, 2016

Stokes causes Surrey jitters after Collingwood hundred

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Surrey 457 (Harinath 96, Davies 87, Roy 64, Stokes 4-117) and 244 for 6 drew with Durham 607 for 7 dec (Burnham 135, Collingwood 106*, Borthwick 77, Stoneman 57, Jennings 53)
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Paul Collingwood completed his 32nd first-class hundred and Ben Stokes took three wickets in a fine ten-over spell after lunch but Durham's Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Surrey still finished in a draw at the Kia Oval.

Surrey ended up on 244 for 6 in their second innings, batting out time despite sliding at one stage to a nervy 139 for 5 - leaving them eleven runs behind with 40 overs remaining to be bowled.

Ben Foakes and Tom Curran, however, then put on 83 in 28 overs for the sixth wicket, either side of tea, to thwart Durham's attempts to force a result. Stokes, who had another burst immediately after tea and a further two overs later on, ended with figures of 3 for 69 from 21 overs in his last Championship appearance before England's Test series against Sri Lanka.

Zafar Ansari, the Surrey all-rounder, was also only going to bat if necessary because of a badly bruised thumb. Fielding off his own bowling late on day three, he was struck on the same left thumb he fractured and badly dislocated last September, an injury which forced him to withdraw from England's winter Test squad.

By the time the last hour began, Surrey were 50 runs ahead at 200 for 5 and - after ten of the scheduled final 16 overs - hands were shaken on the draw with Surrey taking 11 points and Durham 12.

Curran, who hit out strongly towards the end of his innings to reach 54 from 94 balls, tickled a leg-side catch to the keeper off Chris Rushworth but, by then, the contest was all but over and Gareth Batty came in to keep Foakes company until the draw was agreed. Foakes made 36 not out from 92 balls, while Batty ended on 17 not out.

Stokes removed Arun Harinath, Rory Burns and Kumar Sangakkara in a post-lunch burst of 3 for 31 which give Durham a sniff of victory. Harinath was lbw for 18, Burns brilliantly caught for 28 by wicketkeeper Michael Richardson down the legside and Sangakkara snaffled in the slips on 14.

Off spinner Ryan Pringle then had Steven Davies caught behind for 32 and Brydon Carse, in his first over, saw Jason Roy superbly caught low down by a diving Scott Borthwick in the gully for 34.

Collingwood, who turns 40 later this month, began the day on 75 with Durham looking to add quickly to their overnight lead of 86.

With Collingwood and Carse, his eighth-wicket partner, both batting aggressively they moved from 543 for 7 to a declaration at 607 for 7. Collingwood finished on 106 not out, from 141 balls with a six and 11 fours, while Carse was unbeaten on 30.

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