Holland Impresses As Hampshire Claim Dominant Draw

Ian Holland claimed five wickets on day four as Hampshire claimed a draw against Surrey

Day One

Jimmy Adams and James Vince both hit centuries to put Hampshire in a commanding position at the end of Day One in their Specsavers County Championship clash against Surrey at the Kia Oval.

Vince (104) batted brilliantly in an innings that consisted of 19 boundaries, as the Hampshire batsman took the game away from the opposition with some excellent stroke play.

Jimmy Adams (144) anchored the innings impressively and also looked in excellent touch, and despite being dismissed on the final ball of the day, his knock put Hampshire in the ascendency as they ended the day on 361-4.

George Bailey won the toss and elected to bat first, with wicket-keeper batsman Lewis McManus opening the batting alongside Jimmy Adams in the absence of Liam Dawson.

The pair started the game in a cautious manner with the overhead conditions favouring the bowlers, before Surrey made the breakthrough in the tenth over of the game.

McManus (13) was bowled by a fierce, in-swinging yorker by Sam Curran (1-53) to reduce the visitors to 24-1.

Adams was joined by Rilee Rossouw, and both batsmen started to punish any loose deliveries, with the left-handers playing an array of shots as Hampshire looked to take control.

Rossouw (28) had smashed five boundaries, but just as he was looking set, the South African pushed at a length delivery and edged it to Scott Borthwick to hand Tom Curran (2-71) his first wicket.

Adams was remaining observant though, and the opening batsman started to be rewarded for his persistence as the visitors moved into three figures.

Vince played the more aggressive role in the partnership, playing an array of impressive drives as the Hampshire batsman took his stand with Adams past 50.

He then brought up his fifty off just 71 balls in a knock that included ten boundaries as the visitors moved onto a good position at 150-2 in the 46th over.

Vince continued his charge against the Surrey attack, regularly finding the boundary and in contrast Adams played more patient, yet determined innings.

He brought up his half-century off 137 balls shortly after as Hampshire made good progress in the Surrey sunshine.

The pair then brought up their 100 partnership with another crunching boundary through the off-side as they reached their milestone off just 25 overs.

Both Vince and Adams looked comfortable, and they increased the scoring rate, smashing 16 runs off the 55th over to take Hampshire past the 200.

They followed that up by hitting a further 31 runs in three overs to move the partnership beyond 150 runs.

Vince deservedly brought up his century in a superb innings full of aggression and flair, with the last 50 runs coming at a rate of a run a ball.

His innings eventually came to an end when he was caught behind looking to cut a short and wide ball from Tom Curran as his stand with Adams was worth 161 runs to leave Hampshire on 232-3.

Adams never looked like he was going to get dismissed, and he moved to his century off 188 balls shortly into the evening session as a reward for the excellent batting display as Hampshire moved past 250.

Roles were reversed as Hampshire captain George Bailey (61*) was more watchful at the crease, but the Australian hit four boundaries and a maximum in his stay at the crease.

Hampshire edged past 300 and Adams moved past his previous best score against Surrey, which was 110, before the hosts chose took the second new ball of the day. After re-assessing the conditions, Bailey and Adams continued to score freely as the partnership eased into three figures.

Bailey survived a few scares late on, but moved to his half-century with back-to-back boundaries swiftly before Hampshire progressed beyond 350, picking up their fourth bonus batting point.

However, all the plaudits were for Adams, who was bowled by Amar Virdi (1-84) in the final over of the day as his 262-ball stay at the crease came to an end.

Day Two

George Bailey hit back-to-back centuries away from home in the County Championship as the records tumbled on day two of Hampshire’s clash with Surrey at the Kia Oval.

Bailey (161) and Sean Ervine (83) broke the record for the highest fifth-wicket partnership against Surrey as their stand of 167 eased the visitors to 528-5 after resuming the day on 361-4.

Hampshire moved past their highest-ever score against Surrey in the County Championship when they reached 600 after a maiden first-class fifty from Ian Holland (58*), before eventually declaring on 648-7, which was their fifth highest first-class total in their history.

The visitors started off the day with intent as captain Bailey and Ervine punished any bad balls with a flurry of quick boundaries.

Surrey rotated their bowlers, but their efforts were in vein as the pair continued to score quickly, and Hampshire soon moved past 400, securing maximum batting points in the process.

Ervine then smashed four boundaries off an Amar Virdi over as they looked to pile of the runs in Kennington as the stand for the fifth wicket raced towards three figures.

Moments after Hampshire progressed beyond 450, Bailey reached his century off 188 balls with a cut down to third man of Virdi as the Australian secured back-to-back away hundreds in the County Championship.

The pair reached the 100 partnership off just 25 overs as Hampshire took control of the game in the morning session, with both Ervine and Bailey utilising the good batting wicket at the Oval.

It was the third partnership of the innings which went into three figures before Ervine eased to his fifty off just 66 balls as the visitors continued to score quickly without any risks.

The Hampshire batsman never looked in any danger, and batted through the morning session without losing any wickets and piling on 136 runs as they looked to post a demanding total.

Ervine quickly moved his Hampshire side beyond 500 and alongside Bailey; they continued to make batting look easy, regularly rotating the strike and frequently hitting boundaries.

The Zimbabwean’s innings came to an end when he played onto his stumps as their 167 run stand came to a close to hand  McKerr (1-102) his first wicket of the game, leaving Hampshire in a healthy position on 528-5.

Ian Holland then came in and continued where Ervine left off, as Hampshire accelerated the run-rate, progressing along at almost five runs per over.

Bailey then reached his 150 as Surrey looked like they were running out of ideas, before the 50 partnership followed shortly after as Hampshire moved to 578-5.

Holland then crunched yet another boundary to move Hampshire onto 584-5, which is now their highest-ever score at the Kia Oval.

Bailey looked to smash the ball to all parts of the outfield, but his innings came to an end when he was caught by Mark Footitt on the long-on boundary off the bowling of Scott Borthwick (1-96) just as his side progressed past 600.

Holland then recorded his maiden half-century in first-class cricket as Hampshire moved to their highest-ever score against Surrey in the County Championship, edging onto 604-6.

Gareth Berg (35) was in bullish mood, and the all-rounder helped smash 38 off the first three overs of his time at the crease as Hampshire looked for quick runs.

The visitors moved onto 648-7 before Berg holed out to Tom Curran on the long-on boundary which brought an end to Hampshire’s first innings, which lasted a mammoth 161.4 overs.

Surrey started their first innings in an aggressive manner, with opener Mark Stoneman (57*) building on his hundred in the One-Day Cup final with three consecutive boundaries off Berg.

The Surrey batsmen proved that it was a good pitch to bat on, as both Stoneman and captain Rory Burns (35*) looked comfortable at the crease.

That was evident as the pair moved their unbroken stand into three figures, with Stoneman progressing past 50 in the process as he continued his rich vein of form.

However, Ervine (1-2) got the breakthrough immediately after coming into the attack to reduce the visitors to 103-1.

Burns & McKerr (0*) added the further 10 runs to guide Surrey to the close but they finished a further 535 runs behind.

Day Three

Hampshire's bowlers fought hard to put the pressure on Surrey on the penultimate day of their Specsavers County Championship clash against Surrey at the Kia Oval.

The visitors' attack dug deep and put in a determined performance on an unresponsive wicket as Surrey finished on 410-7, Kyle Abbott (2-45) and Fidel Edwards (2-104) claiming two scalps apiece.

After resuming the day on 103-1, Rory Burns promptly reached his half-century, but Mason Crane (1-122) trapped Conor McKerr (1) in front in his second over of the day, the night-watchman walking across his stumps to leave Surrey on 128-2.

Scott Borthwick survived a huge LBW appeal shortly after before Abbott found the edge of Burns, but it fell inches short of the slips as Hampshire made a disciplined start to the day.

The seamer continued to bowl just outside the off stump and after 11 consecutive dot balls, Borthwick (3) feathered the ball through to Lewis McManus as Surrey fell to 137-3.

Both Abbott and Crane continued to bowl tight lines, but Jason Roy played with aggression and was well supported by Burns as the pair reached the fifty partnership in less than ten overs.

Gareth Berg (1-58) entered the attack and ended their stand in just his second over, as the ball swung back in and wrapped Roy (27) on the pads as Hampshire started to take control of the game.

The Hampshire attacked bowled with guile as the hosts scored just 91 runs for the loss of three wickets in the morning session, with Surrey being restricted to 204-4.

Burns showed why he was capable of being captain in the absence of Gareth Batty, with the Surrey skipper moving to his century shortly after the lunch interval, showing great responsibility at the crease.

Burns and Dominic Sibley edged to their fifty partnership, but the visitors bowled accurately, with just 50 runs being added in the first hour of the afternoon session.

Crane then had several appeals turned down before Sibley survived with a couple of inside edges onto his pads, as the visitors continued to bowl in good areas and make scoring difficult for Surrey.

Sibley reached his half-century off 118 balls as the batsman was made to work for his runs, before George Bailey opted to take the new ball.

Abbott and Berg continued to bowl well, but the stand between Burns and Sibley moved into three figures as the pair showed why it was a good batting wicket at the Kia Oval.

However, the new ball brought success as Abbott got the ball to cut back in but Sibley (57) offered no shot and was trapped in front to break the partnership and leave Surrey on 297-5.

Hampshire came back out after tea in search of quick wickets, and one soon came when Fidel Edwards lured Ben Foakes (14) into a pull which went straight to Rilee Rossouw who took a good catch at square-leg.

Edwards then got his second wicket in quick succession when Sam Curran (12) was caught behind by McManus as Surrey fell to 348-7.

However, Burns (174*) was still continuing to score comfortably, and swiftly moved past his 150 despite the pressure on his shoulders.

The opening batsmen batted the entire day's play and alongside Tom Curran (35*), he guided Surrey to 410-7 at the close of play.


Day Four

Ian Holland took five wickets on a flat wicket as Hampshire claimed a dominant draw in their Specsavers County Championship clash against Surrey at the Kia Oval.

Holland (3-37) took three wickets in the space of six overs to help wrap up the Surrey innings, dismissing the hosts for 483 before the follow-on was enforced.

The seamer (2-16) then took a further two wickets in the second innings, but Surrey ended the day on 166-3 before the play’s shook hands and brought an early end to this tie.

Surrey resumed the day on 410-7, and both Kyle Abbott and Fidel Edwards continued to bowl with discipline, with the hosts adding just ten runs in the opening seven overs.

Tom Curran (53) moved his half-century, but just as his stand with Burns approached three figures, his stumps were re-arranged by a beautiful delivery from Holland as Surrey moved onto 447-8.

The seamer then produced an even better ball moments later to dismiss Amar Virdi (4), as the ball nipped off the seam and ripped the tail-ender’s off-stump out of the ground to leave Surrey 46 runs short of the follow-on total.

Burns was still at the crease, and he reached his double-hundred, surpassing his career-best score in the process as the Surrey captain tried to keep as much as the strike as possible.

Surrey edged closer towards the follow-on target on 499 runs, as Burns carefully chose when to score runs and when to protect Mark Footitt.

However, the tail-ender was dismissed as he clipped Holland straight to Gareth Berg with Surrey being dismissed for 483 and the seamer picking up his third wicket in quick succession.

Burns remained unbeaten on 219, and after being out on the field for every minute of the game, he returned to the crease with George Bailey enforcing the follow-on.

Gareth Berg and Abbott bowled with control in the few overs before lunch, as the Surrey batsmen were fortunate that a couple of outside edges fell just short of the slip cordon.

Burns and Stoneman came out with intent in the afternoon session, smashing 22 runs in Edwards’ opening two overs as they raced to their fifty partnership in the 12th over.

Hampshire regularly rotated their bowlers, but to no reward as the Surrey batsmen continued to show resistance, with Burns moving onto his half-century as Surrey progressed to 77-0.

The pair eased the hosts into three figures and despite their best efforts, the Hampshire bowlers toiled away on a flat wicket in the capital.

Holland was effective in the first innings, and broke the partnership in the very first over of his spell, trapping Stoneman (47) in front to leave Surrey on 109-1.

The seamer then took his fifth wicket of the day just two balls later, getting a ball to seam back in to dismiss Scott Borthwick (0), who offered no shot and could only watch the ball smash onto his stumps.

Burns and Jason Roy steadied the ship and guided their side to 126-2 at the interval.

Surrey opener Burns (68) had been on the Kia Oval outfield for every minute of the game, but his mammoth stay at the crease was brought to an end when he was stumped by Lewis McManus off the bowling of Sean Ervine (1-24).

This gave Hampshire a glimmer of hope to force a result, but Dominic Sibley (12) and Roy (37) played cautiously to prevent any further damage.

They guided the hosts into the lead, and the players shook hands afterwards as the game ended in a draw.