Linley inspires Surrey triumph

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Tim Linley

Tim Linley was the chief destroyer for Surrey with figures of 6-57 as they trounced Leicestershire by 10 wickets at Grace Road

Tim Linley claimed career-best figures as Surrey beat Leicestershire by 10 wickets with a day to spare in the LV= County Championship Division Two match at Grace Road.

Opener Will Jefferson hit his third century of the season as Leicestershire totalled 286 in their second innings, with Linley taking 6-57.

That left Surrey a victory target of 111 and they made light work of the chase by knocking off the runs in 16.3 overs.

Captain Rory Hamilton-Brown hammered 12 fours and a six in an unbeaten 75 off 56 balls against a lacklustre Leicestershire attack.

It was Surrey's fifth win of the season and the 22 points they collected lifted them to third in the table, maintaining their slim promotion hopes.

Although Leicestershire offered sterner resistance in their second innings it was never enough to deny Surrey victory.

Jefferson held the innings together and kept the visitors at bay for a time with a determined 205-ball 121 which included 14 fours and a six.

He shared a fifth-wicket partnership of 119 in 24 overs with Ned Eckersley to give the home side hope that they could at least build up a big enough lead to give Surrey a few problems.

But when Eckersley, who contributed 24 runs to the stand, edged a catch to slip off India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha it signalled the end of the home side's resistance.

Jefferson, who had reached his 50 off 180 balls and looked in fine form, followed five runs later with the total at 198 when he was lbw to the same bowler.

In the next over, first-innings hero Rob Taylor was also out edging a catch to wicketkeeper Steven Davies off Gareth Batty to leave Leicestershire 198 for seven.

Linley, who had claimed three earlier wickets, then ran through the tail enders after the new ball was taken at 231 for seven.

He had Paul Dixey lbw and bowled both Jigar Naik and Claude Henderson to leave Surrey with 25 overs plus an extra half hour to clinch victory on the third day, and they did it well inside the distance.

Some wayward bowling was punished with gusto by Hamilton-Brown, with Nathan Buck conceding 20 runs off his second over and the 50 total arriving in the sixth over.

Hamilton-Brown reached his own 50 off 32 balls and clinched the win with a cover drive to the boundary off Taylor in the 17th over.

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