Davies helps Ramprakash lead Surrey recovery

LV County Championship Division Two, The Oval
Close, day two: Glamorgan 419, Surrey 240-6
Glamorgan 6pts, Surrey 3pts
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Surrey pair Steven Davies and Mark Ramprakash led the recovery mission to help get their side out of trouble against Glamorgan at The Oval.

Replying to Glamorgan's 419 all out, Surrey slipped to 51-3.

But Davies (77) came in to help Ramprakash (67) rescue their side in a 90-run fourth-wicket stand.

Ramprakash became a third victim for Chris Ashling, but Davies had further assistance from Tom Maynard (42) as Surrey reached the close on 240-6.

Surrey go into the third day still needing a further 30 runs to avoid the threat of being asked to follow on, with four first-innings wickets intact.

On the way to making 67, Ramprakash passed 35,000 first-class runs and went 39th in the all-time list of first-class run-makers, overtaking Brian Close.

But his achievement was arguably overshadowed by that of South African Alviro Petersen, who, having been 178 not out overnight, completed his maiden double century - becoming the fourth Glamorgan batsman to pass 200 against Surrey in the process - before being the last man out for 210.

However, he would have been disappointed to see his side lose their last six wickets for 64 runs after resuming on 352-4.

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BBC Wales cricket correspondent Edward Bevan:

"Glamorgan's young seamers deserve praise for the way they bowled at Surrey's formidable batting line-up.

"The home side will resume on Friday still trailing Glamorgan by 179. After Alivro Petersen's superb double century, Chris Ashling soon made in-roads into the Surrey top order by taking two wickets in his first three overs.

"He then took the important wicket of Mark Ramprakash for 67 and with Will Owen dismissing top-scorer Steven Davies for 77 and then Tom Maynard for 42, the bowlers restricted Surrey's progress."