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Batty guides Surrey to the draw

Cricinfo staff

August 16, 2007

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Division One



Luke Parker pulls during his 49 but Warwickshire struggled against Kent © Getty Images
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Jonathan Batty's unbeaten 102, his fourth century of the season, guided Surrey to a comfortable draw on the last day against Durham at Chester-le-Street. Surrey had been set an improbable target of 447 after a remarkable late onslaught from Liam Plunkett, who belted five sixes in his unbeaten 59 from 44 balls. Plunkett then took the first wicket to fall, that of Scott Newman for 34, before Ottis Gibson extracted Mark Ramprakash's off stump to give his side a massive lift. But without the injured Steve Harmison, Durham's attack lacked the penetration and the game meandered to the close.

Ryan McLaren was the star at Edgbaston for the second time in a fortnight, as Kent exploited seaming conditions to dismiss Warwickshire for 213. McLaren took a hat-trick earlier in the month as Kent secured the Twenty20 Cup, and he was on target again with 4 for 42. Martin Saggers jagged the ball around for figures of 3 for 53, and Warwickshire's best resistance came from Luke Parker, who made 49. Martin van Jaarsveld, who took the final wicket, chipped in with five catches. In reply, Rob Key compiled a bullish half-century, as Kent reached the close on 108 for 1.

Adil Rashid took one step closer to securing a winter tour berth with England as he rescued Yorkshire's innings with his maiden first-class century against Worcestershire at Kidderminster. It was a crucial innings too - Yorkshire had at one stage slipped to 125 for 5 in seamer-friendly conditions - but Rashid's effort, from 152 balls with 17 fours, ensured a healthy total of 319. Click here for John Ward's report.

Division Two

Owais Shah made a spectacular and timely unbeaten 177 to show the selectors he's in form ahead of England's seven ODIs against India against Northamptonshire. Shah added 196 for Middlesex's third wicket with Ed Joyce, who made 106, before exploding into action with 17 fours and three sixes as wickets fell away around him. There is little chance of a result after just 9.2 overs over the first two days at Northampton, but Middlesex were in some trouble at 36 for 2 when Shah and Joyce came together. And after Joyce had been dismissed by David Wigley, they stumbled again; Eion Morgan made a second-ball duck, and Jamie Dalrymple and Ben Scott both went cheaply too. Shah, however, found useful support in Chaminda Vaas, who was run out for 28, as Middlesex reached 380 for 7 at the close.

Andy Caddick burst into action after two days of inactivity at Cardiff, grabbing two early wickets with the new ball and returning to dismiss Mark Wallace for 16, to give Somerset control against the Championship stragglers, Glamorgan. At 92 for 6, Glamorgan were deep in the mire, but Alex Wharf and Robert Croft pulled them round with a vital half-century stand for the seventh wicket.

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