Gloucestershire gain upper hand over Surrey

LV County Championship Division Two, The Oval
Close, day one: Surrey 225, Gloucestershire 171-4
Gloucestershire 3pts, Surrey 2pts
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Gloucestershire enjoyed the better of the opening day's play of their County Championship clash against Surrey.

Zander de Bruyn top scored with 66 as the hosts were bowled out for 225 after being put into bat under leaden skies, Ian Saxelby taking 4-73.

Jason Roy (40) and Mark Ramprakash (30) seized the early initiative with a stand of 57 from 12 overs.

But Chris Taylor led the brighter afternoon riposte with a responsible out of Gloucestershire's 171-4.

Surrey's positive start against a moving ball accounted for Rory Hamilton-Brown in the third over, caught at midwicket.

Roy's partnership with Ramprakash was ended when the youngster was caught off Saxelby for 40. And Will Gidman then claimed the scalps of Ramprakash and Steven Davies within the space of seven balls before lunch.

Surrey lurched to 101-5 when Tom Maynard was brilliantly caught behind by Richard Coughtrie two balls after lunch.

After a short rain break David Payne trapped Gareth Batty LBW before de Bruyn struck up alliances with Yasir Arafat (44) and Jade Dernbach.

Linley then struck early in Gloucestershire's reply when he had Chris Dent caught behind in the third over.

Kane Williamson fell to a great ball from Dernbach as Hamish Marshall, who was dropped on 19 and 33, and Chris Taylor also fell to balls that kept low.

Visiting skipper Alex Gidman batted sensibly to take the visitors to within 54 of Surrey's total by the close.


BBC London 94.9's Mark Church:

"A day where ball dominated bat, with 14 wickets falling.

"Ian Saxelby was the pick of the visiting bowlers and Zander de Bruyn held the Surrey innings together well.

"In reply, Gloucestershire found life difficult against the Surrey bowlers. They would have been happy while Chris Taylor was at the crease but his dismissal with six overs of the day remaining sets up an intriguing second day."