Linley responds to Moeen and Cameron

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Moeen Ali and James Cameron struck half-centuries but four wickets for Tim Linley helped Surrey fight back in their LV= County Championship match against Worcestershire at New Road.

A third-wicket stand of 102 between Moeen, who made 61, and Vikram Solanki, and a determined 52 from Cameron, ensured Worcestershire broke their batting bonus-point duck for 2012.

However, Linley returned figures of 4-78 and Jon Lewis chipped in with 3-79 to help Surrey dismiss Worcestershire for 285.

The hosts resumed on 58 without loss but quickly lost openers Daryl Mitchell and Michael Klinger to seamer Linley.

Skipper Mitchell played back and was bowled off the inside edge for 31 and four balls later Klinger pushed half forward and was adjudged lbw for 20.

Solanki and Moeen needed to rebuild the innings in the overcast conditions and batting was less comfortable than on the first day.

Moeen reached his second half-century of the campaign off 82 balls with a quartet of fours and a maximum and his 27-over partnership with Solanki.

Steven Davies & Moeen Ali

Worcestershire's Moeen Ali, pictured, who made 61, and Vikram Solanki share a second-wicket partnership of 102 against Surrey at New Road

Solanki showed signs of regaining his form after a highest score of 22 in his previous seven championship innings but on 42 he was bowled by Lewis.

Moeen became the first championship victim of Surrey paceman George Edwards when he edged a lifting ball through to wicketkeeper Steven Davies.

The home side registered their first batting point of the campaign when Matt Pardoe collected a single off Edwards to bring up the 200 in the 69th over.

He drove Gareth Batty for six over long-on but the bowler had his revenge when Pardoe was adjudged lbw to a ball of full length.

Kevin Pietersen’s most decisive contribution came when he intercepted Cameron’s cover drive and returned to Davies, who ran out Ben Scott attempting a quick single.

The Worcestershire innings tailed off with Lewis having Aneesh Kapil caught behind and bowling David Lucas, while Linley trapped Richard Jones lbw.

But Cameron reached his 50 in a last-wicket stand of 31 with Alan Richardson before becoming Linley’s fourth victim.

Australian batsman Phil Hughes is poised to make his Worcestershire debut in the Clydesdale Bank 40 game with Middlesex at New Road on May 27 and will stay part of the squad for the remainder of the campaign.

Worcestershire director of cricket Steve Rhodes said: “Phil has a lot to prove and wants to try and get back into the thoughts of the Australian selectors. He will do that by scoring lots of runs.”

All-rounder Gareth Andrew is close to a comeback after winter knee surgery and Rhodes said he had “an outside chance” of featuring in next week’s home championship match with Sussex.

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