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Batty hundred punishes Northants

CLOSE OF PLAY, DAY ONE: Surrey 305-5
(Surrey 3pts, Northants 1pt)
9-12 September 2009

Jon Batty
Jon Batty hit 15 fours and one six in his unbeaten 110

Opener Jon Batty batted through the first day to record an unbeaten century and give Surrey the edge over Division Two promotion-chasers Northants.

After the home side won the toss at The Oval, Batty (110no) helped them to 305-5 at the close.

He shared stands of 104 with Usman Afzaal (62), 73 with captain Stewart Walters (40) and 50 with opening partner Michael Brown (31).

Johannes van der Wath (2-57) was the visitors' most successful bowler.

Batty and Brown's first-wicket stand came in just 11 overs, but was ended when Brown edged a van der Wath leg-cutter to wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien.

Arun Harinath then added a wristy cameo of 20. But, when he was caught at slip by Riki Wessels off Lee Daggett, it was left to Batty and Walters to dig in.

The Surrey captain would go on to get a leading edge off Nicky Boje's left-arm spin to Lucas at cover point, leaving the stage clear for Afzaal to attack on his way to a 75-minute half-century.

He became van der Wath's second victim when he found Stephen Peters on the square-leg boundary after tea, Matt Spriegel then being trapped lbw by Lucas soon after.

But wicketkeeper Batty stood firm and, after reaching his century in 314 minutes, was accompanied to the close by Chris Schofield (20no).

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