Surrey face up to gloomy outlook

Worcs 134-3 v Surrey
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The day was not quite pointless with Surrey picking up one for knocking over three Worcestershire wickets but there was still an aimless feel to proceedings during the 163 minutes play possible. The chances of Surrey lifting the County Championship have now all but trickled away down the storm drains.

Having lost the first day completely to the weather, the situation was exacerbated by the groundstaff, not anticipating rain and therefore not covering all of the square. The consequence was that a possible hour's play was lost on Thursday and nothing could get underway yesterday until just after one o'clock.

Surrey then reduced Worcestershire to 32 for 3 and the outlook brightened, before captain Tom Moody and Reuben Spiring blew up a storm with an unbroken 102-run partnership for the fourth wicket in 143 balls and bad light did the rest, keeping everyone off after tea.

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