County Championship: Gary Wilson leads Surrey fightback

Gary Wilson
Gary Wilson helped Surrey recover from a perilous position to post 239 in their first innings
LV= County Championship Division Two, 3aaa County Ground (day one)
Surrey 239: Wilson 65, Elgar 44, Batty 41, Harinath 35; White 3-43, Footitt 3-74
Derbyshire 64-1: Rutherford 23no, Slater 21no
Surrey 1 pt, Derbyshire 3 pts
Match scorecard

Gary Wilson led the way with 65 as Surrey fought back after being put in by Derbyshire at the County Ground.

The visitors slumped to 155-6 before the Irishman shared 80 for the seventh wicket in 21.5 overs with Gareth Batty (41) to help them up to 239 all out.

Surrey lost their last four wickets for just four runs as Wayne White took 3-43 while Mark Footitt, in England's pre-Ashes training squad, claimed 3-74.

Derbyshire then advanced to 64-1 in reply to edge the opening day.

Elgar agrees short-term deal at Surrey
South Africa batsman Dean Elgar has signed a short-term deal to be overseas player for Surrey until 1 July. The left-hander will fill the gap left by Moises Henriques, recovering from a broken jaw, and Kumar Sangakkara, who is away on international duty with Sri Lanka.

Ben Slater remained unbeaten on 21 and Hamish Rutherford on 23, while Luke Fletcher, on loan from Nottinghamshire, had opener Billy Godleman (10) caught behind for Surrey's only wicket.

It was a day to remember for home wicketkeeper Tom Poynton in the field as he claimed five victims, with four catches and one stumping.

Derbyshire captain Wayne Madsen:

"We should have had them out for 40 or 50 less if we had taken our chances, but we came back well in that last session.

"Footy (Mark Footitt) and Chalky (Wayne White) bowled brilliantly to finish them off and the batters did a good job this evening to get us to 64-1 at the close. All in all, I think we are in a good position."

Surrey batsman Gary Wilson:

"It was a hard fought day. I thought they bowled pretty well, Mark Footitt in particular, and it was difficult, especially when the lights came on.

"The ball swung quite a lot and there was some nip there as well, so it was pleasing to get some runs."

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