MCC Champion County match, ICC Global Cricket Academy, Dubai (day 2 )
MCC 265: Lawrence 5-8; McKerr 3-40, Van den Bergh 3-54
Surrey 389-4: Pope 183*, Smith 1 2 3 *; Cook 2-65
Surrey lead by 124 runs
Play resumes in 06:00 GMT on Tuesday – Tune live on BBC Radio 5 Live Sports Extra and the BBC Sport website and app

Centuries out of England batsman Ollie Pope and adolescent debutant Jamie Smith put Surrey in control of their Champion County match against MCC at Dubai.

Surrey ended day two on 389-4, replying to MCC’s 265 out.

Pope (183 not out) and 18-year-old Smith (123 not out) shared an unbroken fifth-wicket rack of 245 for its reigning county champions.

Formerly, England opener Rory Burns was caught at first slip for 1-2 away Essex seamer Sam Cook (2-65).

Burns’ international teammate Stuart Broad, captaining MCC, ended the day with 1-49 out of 14 overs.

Broad took a diving catch to dismiss Scott Borthwick off their own bowling, but that proved to be his only wicket of day two.

Pope, 2-1, played two Tests for England against India past summer and was subsequently selected for its winter tour of Sri Lanka.

However, he was not involved through the Test series and left the group mid way throughout the tour to link up with England Lions.

Pope will get into day three only 17 a way from a double hundred, having already surpassed his previous first-class most useful of 158 not out.

Surrey head trainer Michael Di Venuto advised BBC Radio London:

“Both the two youngsters placed on an outstanding partnership.

We watched his talent last year and he’s improving most of the time.

“Was it Jamie’s first game or 101st game? It looked like two 35-year-olds batting outthere in stages. These certainly were quite impressive and it’s really great to see two young men showing their skills and their talent”


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