CricInfo Championship: Surrey v Northamptonshire at Guildford, 18-21 Jul 2001
Matthew Appleby

Surrey 1st innings: Tea - Day 1, Stumps - Day 1,
Northamptonshire 1st innings: Lunch - Day 1,


Surrey began their belated move up the CricInfo Championship Division One table today at Guildford thanks to a devastating burst of 5-3 off 31 balls by England discard Alex Tudor.

Seven Northants wickets fell for five runs as they capitulated to the bounce and seam of the 23-year-old ex-England paceman. Suddenly a comfortable 115-3 became 120 all out as win-less Northants' decision to bat backfired in the hour after lunch.

Tudor told CricInfo: "The wicket helped me and I put the ball in the right areas so I'm delighted. The big three - me, Giddins and Bicknell - led by example."

He continued: "I try not to think too far ahead but if I can perform for Surrey and that gives me England recognition then so be it."

Surrey, minus five Enmgland players, capitalised reaching 209-5 at stumps with 20-year-old stand-in Michael Carberry stroking a career-best 46 with six fours off 102 balls.

Northants had begun promisingly with 6ft 5in Adrian Rollins pulling 6ft 4in Tudor for two powerful sixes but Ed Giddins, who took 3-18 off 17 overs, removed Mike Hussey and Russell Warren as well as catching Rollins before lunch.

After the post-interval havoc Surrey settled down to reach 76-0 at tea. This was extended by 133 runs at the 7.10 finish, mainly thanks to Adam Hollioake (47 off 58 balls) and Ally Brown (55no including 50 off 53 balls). Mike Strong took three of the five wickets to fall bowling from the Railway End where Tudor had earlier done the damage.


Alex Tudor, the Surrey player England didnít want, devastated Northants at Guildford with a post-lunch burst of 5-3 off 31 balls.

With just a single CricInfo Championship Division One win to their name, Surrey, who lost the toss, dismissed Northants for just 120, after the visitors had gone to lunch relatively well placed at 106-3.

Surrey had replied with a comfortable 76-0 off 26 overs at tea. Michael Carberry has 36 and Jon Batty 39.

Earlier, in 50 post-lunch minutes, seven wicket fells with Tudor gaining alarming bounce to remove firstly Tony Penberthy, caught behind for 19.

Disaster then struck as new batsman Tobin Bailey sent back in-form Mal Loye who was beaten at the non-strikerís end by Saqlainís throw.

Graeme Swann was sixth out, caught at short leg by Nadeem Shahid in Tudorís next over. Bailey made three before being held at second slip by Ben Hollioake off Tudor.

The procession continued as David Ripleyís off stump was clipped by the irrepressible Tudor. Then Ed Giddins, who was unlucky to take just 3-18 off his 17 overs, and Tudor (5-54) finished Northants off without addition to the score to make it seven wickets that had fallen for five runs after the lunchtime lasagne.


Winless Northants won the toss and batted in their CricInfo Championship clash with defending champions Surrey at a cloudy Guildford today.

Attempting to break the home team's 19-match unbeaten run, Northants were 106-3 off 31 overs at lunch.

Opener Adrian Rollins overshadowed Mike Hussey in a 62-run opening stand, twice pulling Alex Tudor for six in a manner reminiscent of the late Colin Milburn who played his last championship innings here for Northants in 1973.

Ed Giddins made the breakthrough, beating Hussey to have him caught behind by Jon Batty for 15.

Rollins hooked once too often, this time off Martin Bicknell who took 16-199 in Surrey's fixture at Guildford last year. Giddins took the catch at long leg to remove Rollins for 38 off 63 balls.

Russell Warren went three overs later, cutting hard to Michael Carberry at point.

Division One leading run scorer Mal Loye (20) and Tony Penberthy (11) saw Northants through to lunch with Loye taking the team to 100 in the 30th over with a straight four off Saqlain Mushtaq.

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Date-stamped : 18 Jul2001 - 22:28