Petersen punishes Surrey
Skipper Alviro Petersen cracked 178 not out from 289 balls as Glamorgan racked up 352 for four on the opening day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash with Surrey at the Kia Oval.
Petersen’s first hundred for the club was complemented by Michael Powell’s 99; they shared a third-wicket stand of 225 in 57 overs, a Glamorgan record against Surrey.
After winning the toss and electing to bat on a well-grassed pitch, the visitors raced to 50 inside 11 overs and at lunch had reached 111 for two.
They were fortunate to see off the new ball for the loss of just one wicket – that of Gareth Rees, who was trapped on the crease by Jade Dernbach in the fifth over.
In the first hour, limited foot movement coupled with a policy of presenting the bat to anything remotely loose also prompted a number of appeals for catches behind the wicket, and even one at second slip, but umpire Steve O’Shaughnessy’s hands remained firmly behind his back.
At one stage Will Bragg cut Dernbach over backward point for six and the opening session would have belonged exclusively to the visitors had he fallen to Zander de Bruyn shortly before lunch.
Despite needing treatment to his back, Petersen went to 50 in the fourth over after lunch, but he nearly perished on 67 when Chris Jordan, running in from fine-leg, could only get a hand to a top-edged hook off Dernbach.
For much of Petersen and Powell’s third-wicket alliance, the ball scarcely beat the outside edge.
Gareth Batty’s first over brought a sweep from Petersen that sailed over the square-leg boundary for six, though not before the South African had driven Tim Linley straight down the ground for four in majestic fashion.
Petersen went to three figures, from 163 deliveries, in the 55th over, when a single to long-on off Batty had four overthrows added to it.
Four overs later, Chris Schofield’s first ball was pulled for four by Powell. His fifth was despatched in similar fashion, as was the first delivery of Schofield’s next over, thus taking Powell to a 102-ball half-century just before tea.
In the 78th over Petersen cover-drove Batty to bring up his 150 and take Glamorgan past 300. Five overs later, Powell was within touching distance of a hundred when a bottom edge off Jordan trickled agonisingly on to his stumps.
Shortly before the close Ben Wright was caught at second slip for a 23-ball duck, giving Dernbach a second scalp to celebrate on the day he was awarded his Surrey cap.