Young’s Debut Ton keeps visitors in contention at the Kia Oval

Surrey   vs Nottinghamshire

LV= County Championship Day Two Tuesday 11th July 2023

Surrey   355    Notts  248-5

Peter Moore at the Kia Oval

Will Young celebrated his Nottinghamshire debut with an undefeated hundred to anchor the visitors response to Surrey’s 355 on the second day of their LV=County Championship match.

The New Zealand international who is on just a short three match contract with Notts proved pivotal with a knock of 106 not out that guided them to within a shade over a hundred behind the hosts.

Surrey resumed on their overnight total of 339 for 8. A couple of lusty blows from Jamie Overton, including a six over mid on that brought up the third batting point started the day off well for the hosts until Lyndon James came on from the Micky Stewart Pavilion End to end the Surrey innings.

The 24-year-old had Tom Lawes(4) caught behind to give Tom Moores his fifth catch of the innings and then next ball Dan Worrall(0) caught at mid off for a golden duck to give James figures of 6-74 as the hosts were dismissed for 355.

Surrey made an initial breakthrough when Ben Slater(27) edged Sean Abbott to second slip. Despite this early setback, Will Young and skipper Haseeb Hameed guided Notts at lunch to 81 for 1, which also saw the return of Overton for the first time with a red ball since September of last year.

The afternoon session saw Surrey struggle to take wickets with Young and Hameed in little trouble against the hosts pace attack.

Young was the first of the pair to win the race to his half century after beautifully straight driving Overton for his ninth boundary with his fifty coming off 88 balls.

Hameed was quick to follow with the captain flicking Overton through midwicket for his eight boundary and his fifty coming off 118 balls.

The stand had passed 100 when rain stopped play with Notts 139 for 1 and an early tea was taken.

Play was supposed to resume at 4 pm, with players and umpires out on to the field, the inevitable happened with a short shower which delayed the resumption until 4.30.

After the restart, a stand of 134 for the second wicket was broken when Hameed went for 67.

Surrey kept chipping away with Overton bagging the scalps of Joe Clarke(15) and Moores(6), with the rare sight of spin in the match with Will Jacks bowling Matthew Montgomery(11).

But Young held firm and finished the day unbeaten on 106 with the visitors trailing by 107 runs.