County Championship: Glamorgan and Surrey share tame draw

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen brought up his half-century off 66 balls
LV= County Championship Division Two, Swalec Stadium
Surrey 563-7 dec & 207-4 dec: Pietersen 53no, Wagg 2-46
Glamorgan 419 & 116-0: Rudolph 52no
Match drawn
Surrey 12pts, Glamorgan 9pts
Match scorecard

Glamorgan and Surrey played out an uninspiring draw on the final day in Cardiff in a game dominated by batsmen.

The visitors promoted first-innings double centurion Steven Davies in a bid to increase their 144-run lead quickly.

But after Davies fell for 21, Kevin Pietersen hit 53 not out to help Surrey to 207-4 declared and set the hosts 352 to win in a minimum of 57 overs.

Glamorgan reached 116-0, but with no chance of a positive result the captains shook hands at 17:00 BST.

Jacques Rudolph was unbeaten on 52, his second half century of the match, while former Northants batsman James Kettleborough's 50 not out was only his second half-century for the home side.

An earlier declaration by Surrey skipper Gareth Batty might have left a more enticing prospect, but with the pitch offering little to the bowlers, any chase of under 300 may have been gettable.

The final day did, however, give Pietersen a chance to give the England selectors a nudge in his bid to get back into the international fold, although his unbeaten half-century contained several mis-timed shots.

His runs came from a fairly sedate 70 balls as he and Gary Wilson (47) shared an unbroken partnership of 86.

Tough for the bowlers at the Swalec Stadium
A total of 1,305 runs were scored over the course of the match while only 21 wickets were taken in 358.2 overs. Just five batsmen failed to reach double figures.

Glamorgan batsman James Kettleborough:

"It was very pleasing to get my first fifty for the club and nice to come away with a draw given the position we were in halfway through the game.

"I thought it [the target] was a bit too much. At lunch, it was a lead of 320 with 64 (overs) left and I thought that would have been a really good game.

"It's not for me to comment on what Surrey do, but from our point of view it was a bit disappointing."

Surrey captain Gareth Batty:

"I think we won pretty much every session. Ultimately we played on a very good flat pitch, which made it a bridge too far for us.

"We threw everything we had. There's not a bloke in that changing room I'm not proud of, we just couldn't quite get on the right end of it.

"Had we got early breakthroughs we could have applied a lot of pressure and probably ended up bowling 70 overs plus at them with spin."

BBC London 94.9's Mark Church:

"Surrey will take a lot out of their opening game of the summer, especially the batsmen.

"The bowlers stuck to their task but the major problem was they came across a very good pitch that did not offer too much assistance.

"Had there been a fifth day it may well have been an intriguing affair.

"Had they managed to enforce the follow on it would have given them more overs to bowl at Glamorgan but it may ultimately not have made much difference."

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