Surrey's season has had little to commend it, and while this draw at Trent Bridge was of greater significance from a Nottinghamshire point of view, in maintaining at one point the gap between themselves and the First Division leaders, Warwickshire, an opposition side raw in more than one sense of the word could take heart.
The points Surrey gained take them out of the bottom two again, ahead of Worcestershire and Durham, and put them only two behind Lancashire, who have played a game more.
A brilliant 83 from Jason Roy off only 78 balls, with five sixes, confirmed that their cavalier spirit is not dead, while a mature 79 from the 20-year-old opener Rory Burns provided hope for future prosperity.
Playing against county opposition for only the third time in a first-class match, the young left-hander was badly dropped on 54 after completing his maiden Championship half-century but otherwise played with a composure beyond his years.
The captains could not reach an agreement over how to make a meaningful contest after two-and-a-half days lost to the weather, but Nottinghamshire gained enough bonus points to derive value from the day, with runs from captain Chris Read (98), Adam Voges (59) and Ben Phillips (47) enabling them to take three batting points before Andre Adams added two bowling points with 4 for 51, taking his tally for the season to 50.