Grayson century ensures draw for Essex vs Surrey

Published: Tuesday, May 29, 2001, 16:41 [IST]
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London: Essex's Paul Grayson racked up 115 runs on Monday to force a draw with county champions Surrey at The Oval. Grayson destroyed Surrey's ambitions of topping the table and his third-wicket stand of 103 with Stuart Law (57) was the key to the match after Essex had been set an impossible-looking 404 to win. Essex went on from 73 for none to 159 for two by lunch and secured a stalemate on 312 for four. Alec Stewart, standing in as wicket-keeper, had earlier caught behind both Paul Prichard (34) and Darren Robinson. Essex captain Ronnie Irani, with 51 not out, and Steve Peters broke Surrey's challenge but not before Stewart sent Law to the clubhouse with his third catch off Ian Salisbury. Grayson finally went after a 302-ball 100 that contained 11 fours when he was bowled by Alex Tudor. Glamorgan and Kent also ended their match in a draw. Darren Thomas scored 42 for the Welsh side, and Kent's Martin Saggers had five for 70. The teams at least received an extra bonus point for resuming a rain-ruined draw in mid-afternoon on the final day. Thomas' helped Glamorgan from 177 for eight to 238 all out after Kent had made 252.

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