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SUR­REY’S mar­quee Friends Prov­i­dent t20 sign­ing An­drew Sy­monds failed on de­but last night in front of an ex­pec­tant Brit Oval crowd. The con­tro­ver­sial Aus­tralian, who turns 35 next week, failed to de­liver any bang for the Brown Caps’ buck af­ter be­ing dis­missed for one, sec­ond ball off vet­eran Glouces­ter­shire seamer Jon Lewis. It was all very un-Aus­tralian — and very dis­ap­point­ing for the home crowd as Sur­rey were skit­tled out for just 97. Glouces­ter­shire’s open­ers Will Porter­field (47 not out) and James Franklin (41 not out) made light work of that paltry to­tal to win by 10 wick­ets with 10.1 overs to spare. SUS­SEX re­main sec­ond be­hind Glam­or­gan in the the LV= County Cham­pi­onship Di­vi­sion Two ta­ble af­ter draw­ing with Der­byshire. The prospect of an in­trigu­ing fin­ish at Derby was washed out by heavy rain which pre­vented any play on the fi­nal day. Sus­sex had col­lapsed to 71 for seven, a lead of 163, with spin­ner Robin Peter­son tak­ing four wick­ets for 10 runs — his best fig­ures for Der­byshire.

VET­ERAN Glam­or­gan spin­ner Robert Croft turned back the years at the Swalec Sta­dium last night. The ex-Eng­land Test star (left), who cel­e­brated his 40th birth­day a fort­night ago, took the new ball against Hamp­shire and de­liv­ered a de­struc­tive open­ing...

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