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Batsmen continue to struggle as Surrey lose again

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ANOTHER week goes by without a County Championship win for Surrey after they lost to Nottinghamshire by 114 runs at Trent Bridge.

The defeat was confirmed on Saturday when Surrey, chasing a target of 259 to win, subsided meekly for 144 to leave them second to bottom of the table.

Nottinghamshire had set a first innings of 274 all out, but Surrey's batsmen struggled in reply.

Openers Rory Burns (4) and Jason Roy (5) were dismissed quickly and although Arun Harinath made a decent stand of 24, Vikram Solanki, Zander De Bruyn and Steve Davies all failed to make double figures.

Skipper Gareth Batty (41) and Gary Wilson (49) put on a good later order showing but Surrey were all out for 207.

However, Surrey were still in the competition come Saturday thanks for some superb bowling from Jade Dernbach and Stuart Meaker who took three wickets each, to make it 33 wickets for the County Championship season between them.

The hosts resumed on 24-1, but wickets fell regularly as they were dismissed for 191, Samit Patel top scoring with 37. Meaker finished with 4-64 and Dernbach 3-60 as Surrey were set 259 to win.

However, Surrey again struggled with the bat and once Paul Franks took the wicket of Burns for 53 and de Bruyn for 14, both caught by Matthew Wessels, things went downhill quickly.

Davies (28) was the only other to make double figures as Surrey were finished at 144.

Things did not get any better for Surrey when they played Lancashire in the Yorkshire Bank 40 on Sunday.

The visitors lost by seven wickets when, despite holding the northerners to 176-9, they could only amass 169 all out.

Karl Brown, with 80, top-scored for Lancashire but Surrey's top batsman on the day was Davies with a mediocre 37 while De Bruyn grabbed 36.


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