County Championship: Surrey begin season with win over Hampshire
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, Kia Oval (day 4):|
|Surrey 211 & 407-9 dec: Pope 145, Foakes 81; Abbott 3-72|
|Hampshire 147 & 332: Northeast 129; Virdi 4-79|
|Surrey (20 pts) beat Hampshire (Three pts) by 139 runs|
Sam Northeast’s high-quality century for Hampshire was in useless as Surrey claimed the six wickets wanted on day 4 at The Oval to finish a 139-run win.
Resuming on 116-4, nonetheless 356 runs away from their goal of 472, former Kent batsman Northeast fought a lone battle in his 254-ball innings of 129.
Quantity 10 batsman Brad Wheal resisted with Northeast for a lot of the center session to take the sport previous tea.
However each went after the interval and Hampshire have been all out for 332.
Northeast was the final man to go, caught brilliantly one-handed by Surrey wicketkeeper Ben Foakes off Matt Dunn, after spending nearly six hours within the center.
The victory gave Rory Burns a constructive begin as Surrey captain, whereas Hampshire have been unable to construct on their opening-round win over Worcestershire.
Having misplaced their high order within the last session on day three together with Hashim Amla and James Vince, Hampshire’s activity was extra about surviving three classes in south London than chasing victory.
However as soon as 19-year-old spinner Amar Virdi (4-79) eliminated Rilee Rossouw lbw for 29 halfway via the morning and Liam Dawson was bowled by Jade Dernbach to depart them 163-6, their possibilities of a draw appeared slim.
Kyle Abbott (29) and Chris Wooden (26) each bought begins, though it was solely 21-year-old Scot Wheal who actually pissed off Surrey together with his 90-minute vigil on the crease earlier than he was trapped lbw by a Dernbach slower ball.
New signing Northeast appeared in excellent contact in mentioning his 20th first-class century off 171 balls, however his marathon knock couldn’t save his facet.
Surrey spinner Amar Virdi informed BBC Radio London:
“It was a tricky win in the long run. We actually needed to grind out right now.
“However, enjoying on wickets like this, you actually should put within the arduous shift. We actually caught in there as a unit and that is a win we’re actually going to take pleasure in.
“Amla’s undoubtedly the most effective wicket I’ve taken to this point. “He is somebody I proceed to look at on TV and I assumed it was going to be arduous work getting him out.
“He performs spin so effectively, however I used to be fortunate the ball stored low and I bought my line and tempo proper. It is one thing I’ll cherish for the remainder of my profession.”