De Bruyn century helps Surrey to Lancashire draw

09:29 15 September 2012

Zander de Bruyn scored 125. Photo credit: Nigel French/EMPICS

Zander de Bruyn scored 125. Photo credit: Nigel French/EMPICS

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Zander de Bruyn hit 125 as Surrey drew with relegated Lancashire in their final LV= County Championship match at Liverpool, where Lancs Luke Proctor took his first seven-wicket haul.

Having removed Jason Roy and Steven Davies during day three, the 24-year-old Proctorclaimed five more wickets in only 17 balls as the visitors were bowled out for 367 inside 113 overs of their first innings having been 355 for five.

Procter, who took five wickets for 17 runs in his county’s only Championship win of 2012 at Durham in June, finished with seven for 71 from 19.1 overs.

There was no prospect of a result after the first two days washed out - and relegated Lancashire replied with 142 for two declared from 42 overs.

Tom Smith continued his excellent recent form by posting 83 off 122 balls and Procter added 36 as the pair’s opening partnership of 110 inside 29 overs was the county’s highest of the season in this competition.

Procter claimed the wickets of Zander de Bruyn and Gareth Batty in three balls in the 107th over to leave the visitors 355 for seven, before returning after a 45-minute rain delay to take another couple as they fell to 366 for nine.

He trapped de Bruyn lbw for an excellent 250-ball 125 before removing Batty the same way for a duck. He then had Tom Jewell caught at first slip for a career best 70 before trapping Tim Linley leg before wicket.

When he bowled Jon Lewis to wrap up the innings, Surrey had lost their last five wickets for only 12 runs in 35 balls.

De Bruyn’s departure signalled the end of a 177-run stand inside 50 overs for the sixth wicket between him and Jewell.

Play started on time despite strong winds blowing the sightscreen over at the River End of the ground but 12 overs were lost when rain arrived at 11.05am.

Lancashire’s reply started 15 minutes before lunch, which was taken early after only eight balls were bowled due to rain.

The pair batted through the majority of the afternoon session, punctured by a 20-minute delay for rain. Smith brought up his third half-century in four innings in this format since returning from a thigh injury off 78 balls before lofting Zafar Ansari’s left-arm spin for six at the Pavilion End.

However, Procter fell in the next over - the 29th of the innings - when he played on to seamer Matt Dunn. Smith was caught at first slip off Jewell after tea to leave the score at 140 for two in the 38th over.

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