The Park's cricket pitch - just five minutes from the Kia Oval - had fallen into disrepair in recent years but significant investment from Surrey and the club's Official Mobile Partner Lycamobile has seen the facilities upgraded to a standard where they are now regularly used by the Last Man Stands organisation and demand is growing for As well as returning the cricket facilities to use, Surrey have also created a new football pitch in the park - which as well as giving local footballers improved facilities also takes pressure off the outfield by hugely reducing the amount of football played on it! Although the pitch has now been restored to a level where cricket can be regularly played, Surrey and Lycamobile will continue to invest in the ground over the next few seasons, improving facilities and ensuring the recent progress is maintained. The renewal was recently celebrated by a short staff match at Kennington Park, which featured former England seamer Paul Taylor now Surrey's Director of Cricket Development running in hard with his left arm seamers being treated with due respect by both Chief Executive Richard Gould and the popular Lycamobile mascot Globe Man! Lycamobile are also strong supporters of Cricket United, the unique charity day that will take place at the Kia Oval this Saturday August 16ththe second day of the final Investec Test Match between England and India.
Running in from the pavilion end, Patterson took three wickets in six balls, all of them bowled, as Ben Foakes tried a nudge to third man, Will Jacks shouldered arms and Jamie Smith drove over the top of an in-ducker.
Smith, making his Championship debut at just 18 in place of the injured Rory Burns, did not suffer from comparison with his elegant acting captain, Foakes. If he could not quite match the hundred he made on first-class debut against MCC in March, his 56 was bubbling with potential.
Twenty-two wickets fell on a heavenly day for seam bowling at Canterbury. The Spin: sign up and get our weekly cricket email. At Chester-le-Street, an unbeaten hundred from Ricardo Vasconcelos helped Northamptonshire creep into the lead against Durham.
Chris Rushworth and Brydon Carse grabbed three wickets each. A sluggish pitch made the morning a slow-going trudge, but with the sun came a more upbeat tempo, thanks to Stiaan van Zyl 54 and Ben Brown The weather truncated play at Swansea, rain slicing off the first session, bad light filleting the last.
In between, Glamorgan reached for five against Derbyshire.