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September 9, 2008
Hampshire 116 for 2 v Surrey
Shoaib's first burst wasn't convincing - hardly surprising given his lack of cricket and the jet lag - as he sent down four overs before being given a break. He has never been a man for long spells, so Mark Ramprakash will have to handle him cleverly to get the most out of what is a short-term, and fairly desperate, signing by Surrey as they try to avoid relegation.
In many ways, Surrey's attack for this match sums up their problems. Alongside Shoaib there is Pedro Collins, a Kolpak player, Saqlain Mushtaq, no longer the force who previously bowled Surrey to the Championship, and Alex Tudor, back at The Oval on loan after being released by Essex. The only bowler who really is one for the future is Jade Dernbach and he bowled an economical six-over burst.
Hampshire moved to 47 before Surrey broke through, Tudor bowling Michael Brown off an inside edge in his first over. Shoaib then returned and shifted Carberry, during a sharp second burst, to leave Hampshire on 60 for 2.
That, though, was Surrey's last strike as Michael Lumb and Chris Benham formed an unbroken stand of 56 for the third wicket. With just the two wickets, Surrey have yet to claim their first points of the match and are rapidly running out of time to avoid the drop.
Off the field they have already starting looking ahead with the appointment of Gus Mackay, the former Sussex chief executive, as their managing director. With a new man on board to run the show Alan Butcher, the current coach, will be looking nervously over his shoulder even if they stay up. That is looking a long way off.
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