Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ansari and Batty Put Durham in a Real Spin; BURNHAM AND BORTHWICK RESCUE RIVERSIDERS AFTER SURREY TAKE TWO WICKETS

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Ansari and Batty Put Durham in a Real Spin; BURNHAM AND BORTHWICK RESCUE RIVERSIDERS AFTER SURREY TAKE TWO WICKETS

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SPIN twins Zafar Ansari and Gareth Batty struck late for Surrey to raise their hopes of gaining the upper hand in their Specsavers County Championship Division One clash with Durham at the Kia Oval.

Durham were 156-2 at stumps in reply to Surrey's first-innings 457, after losing openers Keaton Jennings (53) and Mark Stoneman (57) in the space of nine balls.

Nineteen-year-old Jack Burnham, however, showed there was plenty of fight left in Durham's top order by twice driving Ansari straight down the ground for six in his unbeaten 21. His third-wicket partner Scott Borthwick finished 20 not out, having survived a confident appeal for a stumping off left-spinner Ansari.

Ansari, watched by national selector James Whitaker and ECB spin coach Peter Such, made the breakthrough in his fourth over, following an opening stand of 114, by bowling Jennings through a premeditated sweep.

Batty then pinned Stoneman lbw as he prodded half-forward before Burnham and Borthwick saw Durham safely to the close with an unbroken stand of 38.

Only 5.3 overs were possible after tea as the rain arrived, shortening the day by 26.3 overs.

Earlier, Batty had also played a prominent role with the bat as he and Ben Foakes made useful lowerorder runs to propel Surrey to maximum batting bonus points and then well beyond 400 after they had started day two on 371 for seven. Batty was last out for 40, bowled swinging at Ben Stokes who sent down 11.4 overs unchanged from the Pavilion End to finish with overall figures of 4-117 from 33.4 overs. Foakes went from his overnight 17 to 38 before chasing a wide ball from Brydon Carse and edging behind.

He and Batty put on 43 for the eighth wicket and had showed their intent by taking 12 runs from Chris Rushworth's opening over.

Mathew Pillans hit 15 before edging Stokes low to second slip while last-man Matt Dunn helped Batty add a further 27 for the final wicket. …

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