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Prolific pair ready to make their mark; CRICKET.

MARK RAMPRAKASH needs one ton to go past Sir Viv Richards' tally of 114 in the list of firstclass centurions, writes Max Oram. And he could well go past Sir Don Bradman (117) this summer too. But Tom Graveney (122) is probably out of reach as Ramps is definitely sidelined for the start of the Oval men's four-day campaign with a knee injury and the early target for a return was the end of May. Surrey start their sixth game of 14 on May 24 and their seventh finishes on June 1. So there has to be some value in taking on the Surrey masterbatsman, who is 7-1 favourite in the Division Two runscorer betting.

And the men to do it with are Chris Rogers at 9-1 and Martin van Jaarsveld at 12-1. Neither are original each-way selections or startling prices.

However, both are overseas men with little to no chance of international duties and have previously scored for fun in the second tier. They are also based at venues - Lord's and Canterbury's St Lawrence Ground - that are primed for runscoring.

Ravi Bopara, Steve Davies and even James Taylor could find themselves involved in England's plans in some shape. With Taylor, the value looks to lie in the 9-4 that he is Leicestershire's top bat.

Alviro Peterson has to deal with captaincy issues in his first season at Glamorgan. Stephen Peters' efforts may be affected by Northants' upheavals.

Australian opener Rogers has swapped dank Derbyshire for Middlesex after racking up over 1,000 runs in each of the last three second-tier campaigns.

In 2009, Rogers was second to van Jaarsveld, who is Kent's South African middle-order mainstay.

Van Jaarsveld managed 1,082 runs last year even though the men from the Garden of England were relegated. He should enjoy the drop in bowling standards and more sustained support from the skipper Rob Key, Joe Denly, Sam Northeast and Geraint Jones.

Go to Division Two for a season top-bowler each-way bet too in Claude Henderson at 16-1. Leicestershire's wily slow leftarmer placed last year and is guaranteed overs at Grace Road and wherever the Foxes play.

Recommendations C Rogers top Division Two runscorer 1pt e-w 9-1 S James, V Chandler M van Jaarsveld top Division Two runscorer 1pt e-w 12-1 Boylesports C Henderson top Division Two wicket-taker 1pt e-w 16-1 Bet365, Boylesports

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Title Annotation:Sports
Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 7, 2011
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