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Teenager Taylor punishes Surrey

COUNTY CHAMPIONSHIP DIVISION TWO, The Oval:
CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY TWO: Leicestershire 593-5dec
(Surrey 1pt, Leics 4pts)
31 July - 3 August 2009


James Taylor
James Taylor scored the first double-hundred of his career

James Taylor (207 not out) became the first teenager in Leicestershire's history to hit a double hundred to compound more misery on Surrey.

Leicestershire began the day on 291-4 and lost just Tom New (53).

Taylor, 19, and Jacques Du Toit (100no) put together an unbroken sixth-wicket stand of 230 in 42 overs, before the visitors declared on 593-5 before tea.

Steady rain then ensured Surrey were unable to reply to Leicestershire's highest total for five years.

Taylor has already been marked down as a player to watch and he underlined his rich potential with an innings spanning seven hours.

Surrey's seamers found it tough in the first session on an excellent pitch as Taylor and New took their fifth-wicket stand to 105 off 29 overs.

Immediately after completing his sixth 50 of the season, off 75 balls, New was caught behind trying to cut the persevering Tim Linley.

Taylor continued to play with courage and sound judgment, completing his hundred off 224 balls just before lunch.

Du Toit, drafted in for his first Championship game of the season after Jim Allenby's contract talks reached an impasse, was an ideal ally for Taylor.

After lunch they added another 184 in 31 overs, Du Toit hitting three big sixes off Usman Afzaal and Taylor launching leg-spinner Chris Schofield for two sixes as he found another gear after reaching his 150 off 288 balls.

When the declaration came he had faced 329 balls, hitting 21 fours and two sixes, eclipsing the best score by a Leicestershire player against Surrey - Ben Smith's 204 at Lord's in 1998.

Fiercely struck straight drives were the feature of Du Toit's unbeaten 100, off 123 balls, which included 10 fours and three sixes.



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