Steven Davies stood firm on a rain-interrupted final day at the Kia Oval to help Surrey to a draw that had looked unlikely after Worcestershire forced the follow-on.
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Worcestershire set Surrey an imposing target of 476 on Monday, thanks largely to a sensational knock of 162 from Moeen Ali, and the hosts were all out for 206 on Tuesday as the follow-on was enforced.
The visitors had looked in control of the match, but bad weather and a second innings knock of 77 from Davies, which included 12 fours, frustrated their charge as they ran out of time with Surrey on 240 for five at the close.
The morning rain was a welcome lifeline for Surrey, who started the day on 111 for three and 270 runs behind.
After an early lunch Zafar Ansari and Davies were able to return to the crease for around 15 minutes before the covers had to come back out.
Ansari managed to add two boundaries during that brief spell, which ended with Surrey on 127 for three, but it was only a short wait before play was able to resume.
Davies came out strongly after the restart, finding two boundaries off four balls from Saeed Ajmal, before Ansari (62) fell in the 56th over.
The 22-year-old all-rounder was caught by Ajmal off Charles Morris, but he can be happy with his efforts having notched two half centuries in the match to keep Surrey afloat.
Davies continued his fine day with the bat unperturbed, adding another four boundaries before the rain, again, called a halt to proceedings with Surrey on 173 for four at tea.
Just when Davies seemed to be forging a strong partnership with Jason Roy, his fine knock was brought to an end on 77 runs as he was caught behind off Ali with less than an hour remaining.
But Roy (45 not out) remained with Gary Wilson (18 not out) to see out the draw.