Notts seamers scupper Surrey
In favourable conditions, Nottinghamshire's seam attack helped propel their side to a 114-run LV= County Championship victory over Surrey, their first win on home soil since April of last year.
Under heavy cloud cover, with the pitch possessing enough pace, bounce and sideways movement to keep the slip cordon encouraged, Harry Gurney and Paul Franks shared the five wickets that fell during the morning session to effectively end the Surrey resistance.
Franks added a further scalp, to end with the stand-out figures of 3-16, while Gurney, in his second season at Notts after moving from Leicestershire, claimed 3-40 as Surrey eventually folded for 144 in 52.3 overs.
Beginning the final day on 73 for three, in pursuit of a victory target of 259, Surrey started confidently enough, with Rory Burns moving to a fluent half-century from 87 deliveries with 10 boundaries.
His dismissal, caught behind off Franks, sparked a genuine shift in momentum as the home side sensed their opportunity to seize the initiative.
Franks, playing his first championship match of the season, swiftly removed Zander de Bruyn, for the second time in the match and then Gurney picked up a cluster of three wickets in rapid succession.
Gary Wilson chipped tamely back to the left-arm pace bowler, Gareth Batty edged into the waiting hands of Samit Patel at second slip and, crucially, Steven Davies chopped on for 28.
Despite the floodlights being on throughout, the victory charge was briefly interrupted by a 20-minute stoppage as the conditions deteriorated.
Notts were not detained unduly, with victory secured shortly after lunch as Franks removed Tim Linley, with the help of a catch at slip by Alex Hales and then Stuart Meaker, who had taken eight wickets in the match and probably did not deserve to finish on the losing side, lofted Patel into the off side where Ed Cowan took a routine catch.