Surrey vs Leicestershire

Match info: County Championship Division 2 at Kia Oval

Date: 25th Jun 2014 Status: Day 4 of 4 Umpires: N A Mallender and A G Wharf

Home team and score Away team score


522/9 Dec (152.0 Overs)
69/0 (14.1 Overs)



271 All out (85.1 Overs)
319 All out (101.0 Overs)

Surrey win by 10 wickets

  • Last Updated: June 25 2014, 18:10 BST

Zafar Ansari and Gareth Batty spun Surrey to a convincing 10-wicket victory against Leicestershire in the LV= County Championship Division Two clash at the Kia Oval.

Gareth Batty: Helped Surrey claim victory
Gareth Batty: Helped Surrey claim victory

Veteran off-spinner Batty and young slow left-armer Ansari, who led the way with five for 93, shared the spoils as Leicestershire's middle order offered little resistance on the final morning, collapsing from 213 for five to 225 for nine.

Charlie Shreck hit his maiden first-class half-century, at the age of 36, in an improbable last-wicket stand of 94 with Jigar Naik to leave Surrey requiring 69.

With Shreck, anything but orthodox, hitting 56 off 69 balls and Naik punching predominantly through the off side to finish with an unbeaten 37, Leicestershire made it to a creditable 319 at the second time of asking.

But Surrey still cantered home with a session to spare, with Rory Burns making 40 not out at nearly a run a ball and Ansari hitting the winning four through mid-wicket off Naik.

Resuming their second innings on 141 for two and needing another 110 runs to avoid an innings defeat, Leicestershire lost Ned Eckersley to the fifth ball of the day when Matthew Dunn, who also struck in the first over on day three, produced a yorker to bowl the 24-year-old right-hander for 30.

Nathan Buck, Leicestershire's nightwatchman, got off the mark with an involuntary edge to third man off the bowling of Chris Tremlett but followed it up by cutting the England fast bowler for another boundary two balls later.

Dan Redfern shaved the deficit to 66 by dispatching Dunn through the off side for three fours in an over, prompting Surrey to employ spin at both ends just half an hour into proceedings.

The evergreen Batty, whose four for 83 took him to 23 championship wickets at an average of 19.78 this season, continued Leicestershire's slide by accounting for Buck and Redfern in the space of four deliveries.

Buck, shaping to sweep, went leg before for 27 and in Batty's next over, Redfern was lbw pushing forward for 22.

Josh Cobb and Niall O'Brien stood firm for 10 overs but Batty sparked a further collapse by bowling Cobb, who was playing back, for eight.

Five balls later, O'Brien was pinned lbw on the crease by Ansari, who struck again when Rob Taylor was bowled giving the 22-year-old the charge.

Ben Raine, caught at slip for 10, received a brute of a delivery from Ansari that turned and lifted out of the rough outside the left-hander's off stump.

But a spirited 10th-wicket stand of 94 in 24 overs between Shreck and Naik delayed lunch by 48 minutes before a decision was taken to suspend hostilities.

Surrey missed out on an innings victory when Shreck was dropped on one at long on off Batty, after which the hosts appeared to run out of ideas.

Shreck brought up his 51-ball fifty in the first over after lunch but Ansari eventually finished the innings by trapping the former Nottinghamshire and Kent fast bowler lbw for 56.

Surrey claimed 23 points for the win to Leicestershire's four.

Graham Ford, Surrey's head coach, said: "It was tough work out there. We were made to work hard, but it was a real team effort.

"Gary Wilson got the reward he deserved with 160 not out, but it was fantastic Chris Tremlett supported him so well. That was a game-changing period, and I can't say enough about the bowling group.

"Some teams might have felt taking 20 wickets on that surface wasn't on, but the players were really determined."

Leicestershire's Charlie Shreck, speaking about being 49 not out at lunch, said: "I was actually quite nervous over lunch, which felt a bit strange. It's normally fear of being hurt when I'm batting!

"I had a nice time. It was a lovely wicket to bat on and if I ever get the chance to bat out here again I'd take it."