Surrey v Hampshire: Rory Burns bats for more than 12 hours to earn hosts draw

Rory Burns faced 89 overs of bowling across two innings to help Surrey secure a drawSpecsavers County Championship Division One, Kia Oval (day four):Hampshire 648-7 dec: Bailey 161, Adams 144, Vince 104Surrey 483: Burns 219* & 166-3 dec: Burns 68Hampshire (12 pts) drew with Surrey (10 pts)Scorecard

Rory Burns scored 287 runs in more than 12 hours at the crease to earn Surrey a draw with Hampshire at The Oval.

The stand-in captain faced 535 balls across two innings, moving from 174 not out overnight to end 219 not out in Surrey’s first-innings score of 483.

Following on, he then made 68 in Surrey’s 166-3 to keep Hampshire at bay and prompt handshakes at 16:50 BST.

The draw sees third-placed Hampshire claim 12 points, while Surrey take 10 points and stay sixth in Division One.

Burns’ epic effort saw him stay in the field for all but 10 overs of the entire match, as he defied Hampshire’s bowling efforts on a flat Oval pitch.

The left-hander was dropped twice in the slip cordon in his career-best 219, but was the only one to resist as Ian Holland (3-37) dismissed Tom Curran (53), Amar Virdi and Mark Footitt to force the follow-on after Surrey began the day on 410-7.

Mark Stoneman (47) and Burns then put on an opening stand of 109 before Holland’s medium pace had Stoneman lbw and Scott Borthwick bowled in a single over.

Sean Ervine became the only man to dismiss Burns in 756 minutes of play when he missed a ball down the leg side, but Jason Roy and Dominic Sibley continued on until the conclusion.

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