Surrey hang tough to avoid defeat at Old Trafford thanks to Foakes and Pope

Lancashire had earlier enforced the follow-on after clinching Surrey’s sole remaining wicket, before claiming four scalps after lunch to give themselves a glimmer of hope


Ben Foakes played an important innings on day four

Old Trafford (final day of four): Lancashire 439-9dec, Surrey 235 & 199-6 - match drawn

Surrey batted out the evening session to secure a draw in their Specsavers County Championship match against Lancashire at Old Trafford.

The Red Rose required six wickets after tea but could only claim two as Surrey sealed the draw. 

Lancashire had earlier enforced the follow-on after clinching Surrey’s sole remaining wicket, before claiming four scalps after lunch to give themselves a glimmer of hope.

The draw ends Lancashire’s run of two straight defeats to start the season as they took 12 points from the match. Surrey take away eight points in only their second game of the season to follow up victory over Hampshire at the Oval.

Resuming on 231 for nine, still 59 adrift of the follow-on target, Surrey added just four to their total before Graham Onions removed Amar Virdi with the 16th ball of the morning.


Lancashire could not quite force a victory

The visitors were, as expected, asked to bat again but opening pair Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman saw their side through to lunch without losing a wicket, sharing a half-century stand to make it 53 without loss at the interval.

That would still be the total five overs later but Lancashire claimed two Surrey wickets as Stoneman and Scott Borthwick both fell victim to Tom Bailey.

Burns had to battle hard to make 33 but he was the next man to go, Lancashire skipper Liam Livingstone finding some bounce and the ball looped off the shoulder of the bat to Keaton Jennings at slip.

Dean Elgar would also be on his way before tea came, edging Jordan Clark to Dane Vilas behind the stumps, as Surrey headed to the interval 103 for four, still trailing Lancashire by 101 runs.

Just 50 runs therefore had been added in the 30 overs between lunch and tea, for the loss of four wickets, with Lancashire’s bowling unit making life difficult for the Surrey batsmen.

While the draw remained the most likely outcome at that stage, Lancashire knew that a couple of early breakthroughs after tea would give them a chance.


Foakes and Ollie Pope stabilised Surrey's innings

The biggest opportunity came and went in the sixth over after the resumption when Ollie Pope edged Onions behind to Vilas, who put down the simplest of chances with Pope on 12 and Surrey 114 for four.

Pope and Ben Foakes shared a half-century stand for the fifth wicket, brought up in the 71st over of the innings. Foakes reached his personal half-century, coming from 102 balls, as the England hopeful produced a string of superb shots all round the wicket.

Hope appeared to be fading for Lancashire but they brought themselves back in with a chance as Bailey took two wickets with the new ball, dismissing Foakes for 57 and then Pope for 41. Surrey were 177 for six, trailing by 27 with eight overs remaining.

But Sam Curran and Ryan Patel saw Surrey to the close on 199 for six, five behind Lancashire, as the game ended in a draw. Bailey finished with impressive figures of 4-13 from his 18 overs.

Report courtesy of the ECB Reporters Network

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