County Championship: Surrey's Tom Curran hits maiden fifty

Tom Curran
Tom Curran's previous first-class best was 26 not out against Kent in May
LV= County Championship Division Two, Grace Road (day one)
Surrey 261: Sibley 74, Curran 60; Raine 3-33
Leicestershire 35-0
Leicestershire trail Surrey by 226 runs
Leicestershire 3 pts, Surrey 2 pts
Match scorecard

Tom Curran scored his maiden half-century in first-class cricket to lead a Surrey fightback at Grace Road on the opening day against Leicestershire.

Coming in with the score on 139-7, Curran hit 60 as he and Dominic Sibley (74) helped Surrey post 261 all out.

Earlier, Surrey had looked comfortable at 122-2 before Kumar Sangakkara's dismissal for 21 triggered the loss of five wickets for just 15 runs.

Ben Raine starred with 3-33 before Leicestershire reached 35-0 at stumps.

South Africa-born Curran showed plenty of attacking intent in an innings which contained eight fours and two sixes, one of which flew out of the ground to bring up his fifty.

However, Surrey will no doubt be equally as grateful to 20-year-old Sibley who showed plenty of maturity in making his second first-class half-century before he was the last wicket to fall when he edged Raine behind.

Surrey batsman Dominic Sibley:

"Zafar Ansari and Rory Burns gave us a good start, but we had a mad half an hour or so after lunch.

"The ball swung around all day, but as it got older it started to nip around, and hopefully it will do the same for us on the second day."

"Some of Tom Curran's shots were extraordinary. He took the spinner apart, which you had to do on that pitch because it wasn't spinning.

"For myself, I'd have happily taken 74 before the start, when we rocked up to see the pitch looking like the outfield."

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