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Ponting saves Surrey in first-class farewell

Ricky Ponting bowed out of first-class cricket in grand style by making an unbeaten 169 off 319 balls to secure Surrey a draw with Nottinghamshire in their LV= County Championship clash at the Kia Oval.

On his four-day farewell for Surrey the former Australia captain, who is set to retire from all forms of cricket in October, lifted his first-class run-tally to 24,150 at an average of 55.9 in 289 appearances.

By reaching three figures, Ponting went past Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar and Mark Waugh in the all-time list of first-class hundred-makers to join Darren Lehmann on 82.

Resuming on 186 for two, Surrey saw out the final day to make 395 for eight declared but they remain in the relegation zone without a win while their opponents sit fifth.

Ponting worked the first ball of the day off his left hip for a single, but two deliveries later Arun Harinath was bowled around his legs by Harry Gurney for 69.

A couple of overs later, Surrey's 187 for three became 189 for four when Zander de Bruyn, attempting to scamper a single to leg, fell to a direct hit by David Hussey.

Ponting moved to his half-century, which came off 123 balls, with a push to cover off the back foot.

Nottinghamshire took the second new ball immediately and Ponting responded to being hit in the midriff by Ajmal Shahzad by pulling the next delivery for four to put Surrey in the black.

Steven Davies cut Andre Adams through backward point for four, only to depart in identical fashion to Harinath.

Ponting unfurled a succession of on drives to go to 95 before pushing a couple of singles to long-off.

The 38-year-old then lifted Samit Patel back over his head for four to register his first hundred at the Oval, which came off 183 balls and included 14 boundaries.

Zafar Ansari contributed 27 to a sixth-wicket stand of 98 in 33 overs before he was caught at slip attempting no shot to Patel, who struck again when Gareth Batty was lbw without scoring.

Chris Tremlett was pinned leg before on the crease by Patel, but Jade Dernbach - who survived a difficult chance to backward point off Shahzad when on five - got his head down to keep Ponting company in an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 59 in 23 overs.

Just before tea, Ponting lifted Graeme White for two fours in an over. Having faced 294 deliveries, Ponting went past the 150-mark with an all-run four to the point boundary shortly after the break.

The two sides shook hands on a draw at 4:51pm, leaving Patel with bowling figures of 3-109 off 51 overs.

Fifth-placed Nottinghamshire collected 10 points while Surrey finished with five.

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