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Surrey bowlers set to rule.

Byline: James Milton

PUNE v DECCAN ITV4, 3.30pm THE miserable weather could have a major impact on this week's County Championship fixtures but Surrey look an attractive price to beat Durham with stakes returned if the match ends in a draw, writes James Milton.

The south Londoners have had an eventful first month of the season since winning promotion from Division Two last summer. They started with an impressive win over Sussex at The Oval, then somehow managed to lose by three runs against Middlesex on a lively Lord's pitch before drawing with Worcestershire last week.

Young batsmen Tom Maynard and Rory Hamilton-Brown have started the season in positive fashion but the main reason for backing Surrey is their bowling.

Veteran Jon Lewis relishes the early-season conditions while Stuart Meaker claimed 6-39 as Worcestershire were rolled over for 119 last week and Surrey can also call upon Jade Dernbach, Tim Linley and Chris Jordan.

Durham's batting let them down in their opening game against Nottinghamshire and they were 82-6 in pursuit of 130 when the rain came against Middlesex last week so Surrey's bowlers could scent blood.

In Division Two, Yorkshire are worth a bet as they travel to Kent, who have made a decent start to their campaign but still look short of match-winning bowlers.

Yorkshire - relegated from Division One last summer - have brought in Phil Jacques to boost their batting and the Aussie made an immediate impact, scoring a first-innings century against Essex in a draw that the White Rose dominated last week.

Deccan Chargers picked up their first point of the IPL thanks to a wash-out in Kolkata on Wednesday but they could get back to losing ways after a long journey to Pune Warriors.

The Warriors look a solid unit under the wily Sourav Ganguly while the Chargers have lost all five of their completed games.

Recommendations Surrey 1pt 6-5 BetVictor Yorkshire 2pts 10-11 general Pune Warriors 2pts 8-11 Hills

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Publication:The Racing Post (London, England)
Date:Apr 26, 2012
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