Alleyne left to roar alone

Cricket: Gloucestershire 373 Surrey 228-6 dec

At a time when every English all-rounder seems to wear the Texaco lion, the neglect by the selectors of Mark Alleyne seems curious. He was 28 last Thursday, is at his peak, with first-class records of 256 and five for 78, and has taken 139 catches.

Sharing the Severn End with Courtney Walsh yesterday, he suffered nothing by comparison, hitting the deck and seaming off it, and if Gloucestershire had held their catches he might have had four wickets by tea and Surrey would have been following by the evening.

Their seventh-wicket pair eased them to safety, with Graham Kersey pulling Alleyne for six after Gloucestershire had twice sought unsuccessfully to change the ball. David Ward took Surrey past the follow-on total, and brought the declaration, at 228 for six, with his second straight six.

Surrey, after losing 86 overs to rain, had sought a quick finish to the Gloucestershire innings in the morning.Tim Hancock, once tipped for England by Eddie Barlow, resumed on a nervous 93, but after 15 minutes he reached his third century for the county.

Jack Russell played his usual games with the bowling, sometimes leaving his shot so late the ball appeared to have passed him. The pair had added 46 in 15 overs when, in some desperation, Adam Hollioake, the Surrey captain, called up Jason Ratcliffe.

Ratcliffe's first ball made Hancock stretch for Graham Kersey, standing up, to take a quicksilver catch. Two overs later, Hollioake took the new ball and Martin Bicknell and Brendon Julian, with winning pace and bounce, docked the tail with despatch and some excellent slip catching.

Surrey were cautious in commencing their innings. Mark Butcher had raised six in 15 overs when Monte Lynch at slip dived to his right and appeared to have pulled off a dazzler, off Walsh. But he couldn't confirm he had completed the catch. The umpires consulted and Butcher stayed - and stayed through two more escapes, at gully and long leg, when 21, after Alleyne had replaced Walsh.

But Mike Smith had already made the breakthrough, straightening up to rap Bicknell on the pads, lbw, and justice was done at 75 when Butcher nicked Alleyne again and this time Lynch's brilliant catch needed no confirming.

Surrey wavered as Hollioake was stumped while Nadeem Shahid tried to pull the returning Walsh, after tea, and fell to square leg. When Ratcliffe ended up run out, after being dumped on his bottom by a bouncer from Walsh, the alarm sounded.

Suggested Topics
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services
iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Guest Services Assistant

£13832 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This 5 star leisure destination on the w...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Account Manager

£20000 - £32000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Account Manager is requ...

Recruitment Genius: Sales Executive or Senior Sales Executive - B2B Exhibitions

£18000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: A Sales Executive or Senior Sal...

Recruitment Genius: Head of Support Services

£40000 - £55000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This is an exciting opportunity...

Day In a Page

A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935
The Silk Roads that trace civilisation: Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places

The Silk Roads that trace civilisation

Long before the West rose to power, Asian pathways were connecting peoples and places
House of Lords: Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled

The honours that shame Britain

Outcry as donors, fixers and MPs caught up in expenses scandal are ennobled
When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race

'When it comes to street harassment, we need to talk about race'

Why are black men living the stereotypes and why are we letting them get away with it?
International Tap Festival: Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic

International Tap Festival comes to the UK

Forget Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers - this dancing is improvised, spontaneous and rhythmic
War with Isis: Is Turkey's buffer zone in Syria a matter of self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Turkey's buffer zone in Syria: self-defence – or just anti-Kurd?

Ankara accused of exacerbating racial division by allowing Turkmen minority to cross the border
Doris Lessing: Acclaimed novelist was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show

'A subversive brothel keeper and Communist'

Acclaimed novelist Doris Lessing was kept under MI5 observation for 18 years, newly released papers show
Big Blue Live: BBC's Springwatch offshoot swaps back gardens for California's Monterey Bay

BBC heads to the Californian coast

The Big Blue Live crew is preparing for the first of three episodes on Sunday night, filming from boats, planes and an aquarium studio
Austin Bidwell: The Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England with the most daring forgery the world had known

Victorian fraudster who shook the Bank of England

Conman Austin Bidwell. was a heartless cad who carried out the most daring forgery the world had known
Car hacking scandal: Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked

Car hacking scandal

Security designed to stop thieves hot-wiring almost every modern motor has been cracked
10 best placemats

Take your seat: 10 best placemats

Protect your table and dine in style with a bold new accessory