Cricket: Hollioake batters New Zealand: Tourists buckle under Surrey batsman's breathtaking assault

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New Zealand . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .259-8

Surrey . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 261-4

Surrey win by six wickets

AN unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 146 in 129 balls between David Ward and Adam Hollioake took Surrey to a thrilling victory over New Zealand with five balls left yesterday.

When Andrew Smith was fourth out in the 33rd of the 55 overs at 115, New Zealand looked as if they would win in spite of a fairly innocuous attack. It was now that Hollioake, who had made 123 against Worcestershire last week, began a breathtaking assault.

On another fine Oval pitch he found an authentic attacking stroke for just about everything. Whether driving, pulling or cutting, the ball invariably hit the middle of the bat and the power of his strokes was

remarkable. With Ward joining in, runs came at a furious pace and New Zealand's attack, without Danny Morrison who is unfit, simply had no answer.

At 167 for 4, Surrey needed 93 from the last 10 overs and in the first of these 18 came off Matthew Hart's left-arm spin. Hollioake drove him for two huge sixes and his 50 came up in 50 balls with five fours and two sixes. The 100 stand then arrived in 99 balls, the second 50 taking only 22.

The final insult for New Zealand came when Hollioake off-drove Chris Pringle's slower ball into the pavilion for six. The end came when Ward pulled the first ball of the final over for four.

Hollioake's 86 came from 73 balls, with three sixes and two fours, and Ward's 88 from 120 balls, with one six and eight fours.

In the first part of the day, New Zealand will have been pleased with Martin Crowe's innings of 40 in his first competitive game for three months. The former Kiwi captain made good use of the conditions and one only hopes that his temperamental knee survived the occasion.

Their best innings was played by Shane Thomson, who is a transformed batsman after making 120 not out in the third Test against

Pakistan in Christchurch in February. He is a lovely clean striker of the ball, plays straight and has a wide range of strokes. He faced only 80 balls for his 90 not out.

Cameron Cuffy, Surrey's replacement for Waqar Younis, is tall and fast, with a good outswinger. He should be an asset.