Ramprakash inspires Surrey with innings to remember

Gloucestershire 350 Surrey 409-7 Match abandoned at 73 mins

The West Country side, shorn of bowlers Jon Lewis and Steve Kirby, found it increasingly tough to rein in the Surrey batsman.

The two early wickets Gloucestershire claimed - the nightwatchman Nayan Doshi and captain Mark Butcher - merely flattered to deceive, and served only to usher more problems to the middle in the guise of Ramprakash.

If Surrey are to salvage anything from the season and send manager Steve Rixon home with something to remember them by then it is more than likely that Ramprakash will be the man to lead the operation.

The former England batsman has been at the forefront of Surrey's run-gathering since joining them from Middlesex in 2001. Yesterday's innings was his fourth century of the season, although he and the Surrey fans have had to wait some 15 weeks for it, and it was the 23rd time in his career that he has passed 150.

It wasn't flawless, but perfection is not necessarily pretty to watch, while Ramprakash is. So the difficult chance he gave to Ian Fisher in the gully on 18, and the one that wicketkeeper Stephen Adshead appeared to say was grounded when Ramprakash had made 113, were irrelevancies.

Ramprakash and Graham Thorpe produced some unfussy run-gathering as they smoothly picked up the pieces after those early losses. The pity of it was that Thorpe perished on the stroke of lunch, clipping a ball from William Rudge hard and low to Matt Windows at square leg.

The pair had added 98 for the fourth wicket, but the incoming Jon Batty did not buck the trend and he and Ramprakash settled into a profitable afternoon partnership of 133 which lasted until shortly before tea when the wicketkeeper was snapped up at second slip by Ramnaresh Sarwan.

By then Ramprakash had reached the 77th hundred of his career and had also passed 1,000 in a season for the 15th time and Surrey were closing in steadily on their opponents' total. The loss in quick succession of Alistair Brown and Azhar Mahmood caused a frisson among the faithful, but Ramprakash didn't falter, and nor did Surrey as they went in 59 runs to the good.

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

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

Career Services

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones