Cape Town – Surrey’s bid for County Championship promotion
under the leadership of long-time former Proteas Test captain Graeme Smith has
faltered at the first hurdle.
The London-based side, at their home ground of The Oval,
crashed by 10 wickets to Glamorgan in their opening four-day championship match
of the English summer in Division Two on Thursday.
Surrey held the first-innings aces by 71 runs, but the
catalyst for the defeat was their disastrous second knock – they were skittled
for a flimsy 81 in 30.2 overs.
Smith had the very minor consolation of top-scoring with 18,
although he was again dismissed by Graham Wagg – he had snared him for 19 the
first time around – as the left-arm seamer captured six for 29.
Glamorgan were set 153 to win and romped to the target without
setback in 45.4 overs, earning 20 points to Surrey’s five.
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