Cricket Round-up: Surrey stumped by Rose

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GRAHAM ROSE was in the picture in every sense at The Oval yesterday, where his career-best innings of 126 not only gave Somerset a fighting chance of avoiding the follow-on against Surrey but was also captured by an in-stump camera, writes Barrie Fairall.

After a rain-hit morning, the Test and County Cricket Board was able to go ahead with the experiment in preparation for the tour by Australia next summer. Tim Lamb, the TCCB's secretary, said: 'The board has given the go-ahead in principle for stump cameras to be used and we felt it was better to give it a run in a match like this.'

Rose, meanwhile, was the star of the show on a day when 42 overs were lost to the weather as Somerset finished 78 runs short of their first objective by taking their score to 330 for 7 in reply to Surrey's grand 557.

David Millns's return for Leicestershire after a five-week absence with a foot injury, hardly suggested at Bristol that he will be match-fit for the NatWest Trophy final against Northamptonshire on Saturday, Gloucestershire taking 35 runs off his seven overs in another rain-affected match.

Another to reach three figures was Graeme Archer, whose maiden first-class century led the Nottinghamshire recovery against Derbyshire at Trent Bridge.

Speculation at Glamorgan over the future of Viv Richards was ended yesterday with the news that he will be returning to the county next season to complete the final year of his contract.