Maynard stars for Surrey against Leicestershire

LV County Championship Division Two, The Kia Oval
Close, day one: Surrey 294, Leicestershire 56-2
Leics 3pts, Surrey 2pts
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LV County Championship

Tom Maynard was the standout performer on an intriguing first day of Surrey's Championship match with Leicestershire.

Maynard (70) hit 12 fours as the hosts posted 294 all out, with Nadeem Malik and Claude Henderson both taking three wickets for Leicestershire.

Chris Tremlett, playing in his first match for Surrey this season after being rested by England, then took 1-10 in a fiery five-over new-ball spell.

Leicestershire were 238 runs behind at stumps on on 56-2.

The hosts were put into bat on a wicket that Surrey manager Chris Adams admitted had been prepared with the return of Tremlett in mind.

Three of Surrey's top five failed to capitalise on promising starts with Rory Hamilton-Brown making 41 and Zander de Bruyn 40.

Mark Ramprakash, in his first innings since knee surgery during the winter, made 37 from 52 balls.

In reply, Leicestershire lost Joshua Cobb and Matthew Boyce by stumps, with the latter being caught behind by Steve Davies off Tremlett.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC London's Mark Church:

"A fascinating opening day in which ball dominated bat.

"Tom Maynard played very well for Surrey and dominated the afternoon with a range of powerful shots. The Leicestershire attack bowled well as a unit, with Nadeem Malik the standout performer.

"James Taylor and Will Jefferson steered the visitors to stumps after early wickets for Chris Tremlett and Yasir Arafat and it should be a very interesting second day with the Surrey bowlers fancying their chances on an excellent surface for exciting cricket."

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