Roy blazers century as Surrey and Glamorgan settle for a draw

May 28, 2011

Glamorgan declared yesterday at The Kia Oval on 259-4 leaving Surrey a target of 395 from 50 overs.

Most opening batsmen will see this as a challenge to shut up shop and make sure their team secures a draw. However, what happened in South London yesterday suggests that Surrey have unearthed a real talent.

Jason Roy hit a breath-taking 100 from just 89 balls in a display of clean hitting not seen since the departure of Alistair Brown.

When Surrey came out after tea with both opening batsman at the crease it looked as though they were amounting a challenge for the unthinkable.

However, when Rory Hamilton-Brown was stumped by Wallace off Croft for a well-made 68, a draw seemed the only outcome with Surrey needing over 11 runs per over and Glamorgan being able to bowl spinners round the wicket into the rough, on a fourth day pitch.

At 17.00 there were handshakes all-round with Roy on 106 and Mark Ramprakash 10 not out.

Surrey now travel to Derbyshire where they will be hopeful of victory to get their promotion charge up and running. If Jason Roy continues to bat in this manner Stuart Broad may have a new member of his Twenty20 team before long.

Chris Murtagh 28/05/11

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