Rain stunts Surrey progress

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Chris Schofield

Chris Schofield converted his overnight 32 into a hard-working 62 to help carry Surrey to 380 on another weather-affected day

Bad light and rain limited play to just 45 overs on day two of the LV= County Championship Division Two clash between Surrey and Glamorgan at the Brit Insurance Oval, which ended with the visitors 72 for two.

Surrey had earlier been bowled out for 380, but their hopes of making significant inroads into the Glamorgan batting were frustrated by the weather.

Nine overs were possible before lunch, during which time Surrey added 19 runs for the loss of Gareth Batty, who was bowled playing across the line to Jim Allenby.

Chris Schofield’s first championship half-century of the season, which came off 107 balls, arrived shortly after lunch.

At the other end, Chris Tremlett gave a hint that the hosts were on course for all five batting points when he reeled off two successive straight driven fours off Huw Waters.

But with the seamers gaining assistance from the cloud cover as well as the second new ball, James Harris and Allenby polished off the last three Surrey wickets in the space of 32 deliveries.

Tremlett was brilliantly caught in front of first slip by Mark Wallace; Schofield, having driven Harris to the point boundary to move to 63, lost his off stump trying to work the 20-year-old seamer through wide mid-on; and three overs later Stuart Meaker was caught behind off Allenby.

Facing a follow-on target of 231, Glamorgan lost Gareth Rees in the seventh over of their reply when he was trapped on the crease by Tremlett, who looked back to his best.

Mark Cosgrove, however, despatched anything wide of off stump to the cover boundary until, in the 12th over, a moment of indecision saw him bowled by Meaker.

At tea, the visitors were 55 for two, but only further 19 balls were possible before the heavens opened, putting paid to any more action.

In that time, however, Jamie Dalrymple and Ben Wright gave Glamorgan hope of getting back into the match with an unbroken stand of 34.

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