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Wilson puts Surrey in charge

Highlights of day two at the Kia Oval

Surrey captain Gary Wilson impressed with an unbeaten 160 to put his side in a strong position at the end of day two of their LV= County Championship Division Two match against struggling Leicestershire.

The Irishman batted for eight minutes short of six hours at the Kia Oval to compile his third first-class hundred, his previous highest score of 125 having been compiled against the same opponents in 2010 at Grace Road.

Together with Chris Tremlett, whose 90 was also a career best, he added 192 for Surrey's eighth wicket, a new county record against Leicestershire, surpassing the 141 complied by Ally Brown and Alex Tudor at Oakham School 14 years ago.

Wilson then inflicted further punishment on a toiling attack by putting on an unbroken 82 with last man Jade Dernbach before Surrey declared 30 minutes prior to tea on 522 for nine.

That left Leicestershire needing 373 just to avoid the follow-on but 75 by in-form opener Angus Robson helped them reach 125 for three at stumps.

With Surrey resuming on 325 for seven, a flat pitch and a toothless attack meant Wilson and Tremlett batted with few alarms before lunch as they extended their partnership with 91 runs in the session.

Tremlett passed his previous highest score of 64, made for Hampshire in 2005, before Wilson moved into the 90s with successive boundaries off Ben Raine.

They had put on 192 in 63 overs when Tremlett mis-timed a pull off Raine in the 134th over and was caught at long-leg after facing 183 balls and hitting one maximum and 10 fours.

Wilson reached his hundred in slightly fortuitous fashion when he top-edged a sweep off Dan Redfearn and the ball flew over wicketkeeper Niall O'Brien.

He lost Matt Dunn for a four-ball duck shortly after when Redfern turned one just enough to have Surrey's number 10 caught off bat and pad at short-leg.

But if Leicestershire thought that was the end of their suffering, Wilson and Dernbach made them re-assess as they plundered 82 in 16 overs.

Leicestershire posted every fielder on the boundary when Wilson was on strike but he eased comfortably past his previous highest score with Dernbach offering solid support before the former decided Surrey had enough. His own contribution came off 296 balls with 21 fours and a six.

Tremlett and team-mate Vikram Solanki were both capped during the tea interval and the former celebrated by removing Matthew Boyce, who came forward and got a feint edge to Wilson behind the stumps with the score on 26.

Ned Eckersley was lbw to Dernbach at 47 for two but the increasingly assured Robson, whose brother Sam made his maiden Test hundred for England at Headingley on Saturday, added 73 with the former Derbyshire left-hander Redfearn, driving powerfully on both sides of the wicket.

They looked to have seen their side to stumps, but in the penultimate over after a short break while the floodlights were switched on, Robson lost his wicket lbw playing across the line to Dunn for 75.

Wilson admitted his knock had been his best for the club.

"When I came in we were 243 for seven and it was just important that we put a partnership together," he said.

"I really enjoyed it and it is certainly the best I have batted for Surrey. Trem batted beautifully too and it's just a shame he couldn't get his first first-class hundred."

Wilson was delighted when Dunn claimed the key wicket of the in-form Robson just before the close.

He added: "It's not an easy pitch to bowl on so we're pleased to get three wickets before the close, especially the one near the end there."

Robson was delighted with his contribution, but disappointed not to be returning to the middle first thing tomorrow.

"I felt pretty good out there," he said. "The plan was to try and bat smart. It was important not to get bogged down against a very good attack.

"It's a shame I got out when I did because it was a good opportunity to get a big score for myself and more importantly the team."

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