|Ground:||Kennington Oval, Kennington|
|Scorecard:||Surrey v Scotland|
|Event:||Scotland in England 1913|
DateLine: 30th January 2013
Continuing their English tour, Scotland commenced a match at Kennington Oval yesterday against Surrey with the same team as that which lost to Oxford University. The county, however, was not at full strength, with Hayward, Spring, Smith, and Bird away, and in the latter's absence Leveson-Gower captained the home side.
Winning the toss on a fast wicket, Scotland gave a dreary exhibition of batting. In a couple hours before lunch 120 runs were obtained for the loss of two wickets, but during the first hour after the interval the score was only increased by 30, and of these no fewer than 14 were extras.
The complete total of 250 occupied four hours and a half. Tait, who played bright and good cricket, despite giving two chance, and Sorrie put on 57 runs for the first wicket in an hour, and the latter was third out at 127 for a faultless innings of 61, which occupied two hours and thirty five minutes, and contained one 5 and six 4's.
Sorrie did not show many strokes, and seemed inclined to draw away from Hitch's fast bowling. Subsequently Kerr did little more than defend his stumps for eighty minutes, but both Fraser and Orr batted on better lines, while just at the end of the innings Balfour Melville made some fine drives off Hitch, who, despite the rough treatment, had an excellent analysis for a lot of hard work.
Surrey had forty minutes' batting before play ceased for the day, and lost two wickets for 44 runs. About a thousand people watched the cricket in dull weather.
Cricket proceeded at Kennington Oval yesterday in exceedingly dismal weather. Rain constantly threatened, without actually falling. The sun remained hidden behind such black clouds that the light became so bad as to cause a couple of stoppages during the afternoon, and by five o'clock most of the thousand people who had been present had left the ground.
The course of the game favoured the Scotsmen, thanks to their excellent fielding and some really fine bowling by Sievwright, a slow medium left hand with a clever variation of pace and flight, and Benskin, a fast right and keeping an admirable length.
Against a visiting total of 250, Surrey had lost Hobbs and Hayes overnight for 44, and the remaining eight wickets fell in another hour and thirty five minutes for an additional 98 runs, Scotland leading on the first innings by 108.
The home batting was so indifferent on quite a good pitch, that they were actually in danger of following on with six wickets down for 81, and it was only some free hitting by Hitch and Wilkinson's steady defence that saved the situation.
Upon going in a second time, Sorrie played faultless cricket for an hour and five minutes, and subsequently Dickson made some beautiful drives off the county fast bowlers. In the darkness the Scottish captain occasionally mistimed Hitch, but he did not give a chance for two hours and ten minutes, and his invaluable 67 included two 5's and eight 4's.
When cricket ceased for the day Scotland possessed a lead of 251 runs, with one wicket to fall, so that Surrey have a stiff task before them today.
At Kennington Oval, Surrey after being 108 runs behind on first innings, defeated Scotland by seven wickets. The county were left with 264 to get to win, and the runs were knocked off in two hours and fifty minutes, thanks to some magnificent batting by Hobbs, who received considerable assistance from Harrison and Gillespie.
Hobbs carried out his bat for a glorious 150, compiled without the semblance of a fault, and among his hits were one 7, one 6, and two 5's, all run out besides fourteen 4's. His placing on the leg side proved wonderfully clever, and he was always master of the Scottish bowling. Harrison helped to add 114 runs in an hour and a quarter, and Gillespie stayed while 113 were put on in seventy minutes.
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