Pardoe and Jones deny Surrey
Surrey just failed to pull off a remarkable victory as Worcestershire’s ninth-wicket pair of Matthew Pardoe and Richard Jones survived 45 balls to earn a draw at New Road.
The visitors came close to triumphing after following on for only the second time since 1868 in the LV= County Championship Division One clash.
Surrey had trailed by 172 runs on first innings and lost four wickets overcoming that deficit in their second outing.
But centuries from skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown and Tom Maynard plus some inspired bowling by paceman George Edwards on his championship debut revived their fortunes.
Worcestershire were eventually left to chase a target of 260 in 52 overs and closed on 150 for eight with Edwards taking 4-44.
Openers Michael Klinger and Daryl Mitchell made a solid start but the visitors took control with three wickets for no runs in the space of 11 balls.
Edwards, given his opportunity with Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker on England Lions duty, started the slide by having Klinger caught at gully and four balls later trapped Vikram Solanki lbw before he had got off the mark.
It became 29 for three in the next over when Mitchell fell lbw to Jon Lewis.
Gareth Batty added to his former employers’ woes when Moeen Ali chopped the ball onto his stumps and the ex-Worcestershire spinner also bowled James Cameron for 28.
Edwards returned to pick up two wickets in an over for the second time when wicketkeeper Ben Scott and Aneesh Kapil both fell attempting expansive shots.
Pardoe and David Lucas, who made 19, survived 11 overs before Lewis had the latter caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Steven Davies, another player competing against his old side.
Yet that was Surrey’s last success as Pardoe, with an unbeaten 38, and Jones held out.
Surrey had begun the final day on 216 for four - a lead of only 44.
But Hamilton-Brown and Maynard, who had both made ducks in the first innings, set up a challenging declaration with a record-breaking partnership.
Their stand of 225 in 44 overs was a Surrey fifth-wicket record against Worcestershire, beating the previous best of 193 by Monte Lynch and Trevor Jesty at the Oval in 1986.
Worcestershire were unable to stem the flow of runs and were handicapped by the absence of leading wicket-taker Alan Richardson with a shoulder injury.
Maynard reached his fourth first-class century off 102 balls with 14 fours and a six and went on to reach a career-best 143, surpassing his 141 against Middlesex at Guildford last season.
Hamilton-Brown’s ton contained 12 fours from 144 deliveries and was the sixth of his career.
He was eventually dismissed for 115 and Zander de Bruyn then hit 34 before the declaration at 431 for seven.