Gloucestershire v Surrey: Ian Cockbain's century rescues hosts

Ian Cockbain
Ian Cockbain made only his third century in three years for Gloucestershire
LV= County Championship Division Two, Nevil Road
Gloucestershire 112 & 506-6 drew with Surrey 626-6 dec
Surrey 12pts, Glos 5pts
Match scorecard

Ian Cockbain's career-best century ensured that Gloucestershire secured a hard-fought draw against Surrey.

Resuming 240 runs behind Surrey's first-innings total of 626-6, Cockbain scored an unbeaten 151 and shared a 177-run sixth-wicket stand with Tom Smith, who also hit a career-best 80.

Matt Dunn claimed the only wicket of the day, having Smith caught at third slip by Rory Burns just before tea.

A draw was called with eight overs left and Gloucestershire on 506-6.

It is the 27-year-old batsman's third century for Gloucestershire and his first since he made 127 against Middlesex in 2011.

BBC Radio Gloucestershire's Bob Hunt:

"An extraordinary rearguard action from Gloucestershire, losing only one wicket on an absorbing final day.

"Ian Cockbain batted for 421 balls through four sessions and looked secure throughout, with tremendous help from nightwatchman Tom Smith who recorded a career best.

"Surrey tried every combination on a flat pitch without success. Cockbain, normally an aggressive bat who more commonly finds success in the shorter format, was only playing because of injuries and came in in the second innings on a pair.

"His concentration was immense and this result will restore pride to the home county after a first-innings calamity."