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Solanki and Burns shine between showers

Highlights from day one at the Kia Oval

Vikram Solanki and Rory Burns dug in between prolonged showers to record an unbroken partnership of 65 to help Surrey have the better of a rain-ruined opening day of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash against Hampshire at the Kia Oval.

Overnight thunderstorms delayed a scheduled start that had been put back to noon because of the previous evening's NatWest T20 Blast encounter between the two sides.

Umpires Richard Kettleborough and Steve Gale held inspections at 11.40am and again 35 minutes later and, with the mopping up operation in full swing, opted to take lunch at 1.30pm.

Play finally got underway in SE11 at 2.10pm with the initial loss of 16 overs and, having elected to bat first under cloudy skies, Surrey reached 68 for one at stumps.

Playing on the same pitch as used for Surrey's four-day, 10-wicket win over Leicestershire last week, both teams made changes in order to accommodate a brace of spin bowlers.

Sri Lankan Tillakaratne Dilshan and Irishman Kevin O'Brien were handed championship debuts by the hosts, with the latter becoming the 700th player to represent Surrey in first-class cricket.

Vikram Solanki attempts a quick single during the opening day of Surrey's LV= County Championship clash with leaders Hampshire

The home side suffered their first casualty after only 16 deliveries with the loss of Zafar Ansari for a single.

Pushing from the crease with no discernible foot movement, the left-hander was beaten by an off-cutter from Hampshire's left-arm seamer James Tomlinson and sent packing leg before by umpire Gale to make it three for one.

Four balls and one run later, the rain returned forcing the players from the pitch after only 12 minutes of play.

They resumed - under floodlights and after a second mopping-up operation - at 6.10pm with a scheduled 22.4 overs in the day remaining.

Though neither player appeared truly comfortable early on, Surrey's second-wicket partners Burns and Solanki, with 22 and 44 not out respectively, survived in the gloom against six different bowlers to raise the fifty-stand in 22 overs and take their total on to 68 by the close of play.

Unbeaten Hampshire went into the game as Division Two leaders by a point from Worcestershire and with a playing record of four wins from nine starts.

Hosts Surrey, having played one game more, are third - 19 points adrift of Hampshire - having won three matches and lost two.

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