Naik has Surrey in a spin
Leicestershire spinners Claude Henderson and Jigar Naik combined superbly to inflict an innings and 60-run defeat on Surrey in their LV= County Championship Division Two match at the Brit Oval.
Left-armer Henderson was the star performer in Surrey’s first innings, taking 6-84, and after they had followed on off-spinner Naik recorded figures of 7-96, the first five-wicket return of his career.
Surrey were bowled out for 183 which, even allowing for a pitch offering considerable help to the spinners, was a poor effort.
The defeat, Surrey’s first at Leicestershire’s hands in the competition since 1998, would have been even more clear-cut but for an entertaining last-wicket stand.
Last pair Younus Khan, who hit three leg-side sixes off Naik as he made an unbeaten 77 off 110 balls, and Jade Dernbach put on 46.
Fittingly, Naik had the final word, 20 minutes from the scheduled close, when he bypassed a wild thrash from Dernbach.
Surrey, who remain rooted to the bottom of the table, were already deep in trouble on 160 for six at the start of the day, but at least Usman Afzaal and Chris Schofield resisted for almost an hour before, with the score on 202, Schofield was leg before wicket to Henderson offering no shot.
Afzaal reached a valuable 91-ball half-century with a cover-driven four off Henderson. He repeated the shot, but in Henderson’s next over he edged another attempted drive to Tom New behind the stumps.
The last thing Surrey needed was a run out, but when Chris Tremlett failed to answer Stuart Meaker’s call for a quick single to extra cover Meaker failed to regain his ground as Jacques du Toit scored a direct hit.
The following ball brought Henderson his sixth wicket, a sharply turning delivery finding the edge of Dernbach’s bat.
Surrey followed on 243 behind and had already lost Steven Davies before lunch. Davies, a model of consistency with the bat since joining Surrey at the start of the season, was leg before to the eighth ball of the innings when Nathan Buck swung one into the left-hander.
A gritty stand of 41 in 23 overs between Arun Harinath and Mark Ramprakash at least suggested that Surrey might be capable of taking the match into the final day, but Naik claimed the wickets of Harinath, Ramprakash and Afzaal in quick sucession.
Harinath edged to slip, Ramprakash’s defensive stroke cannoned into the ground and back onto the stumps and Afzaal was leg before without scoring. At that stage Naik had figures of 3-6.
Surrey’s plight worsened five balls after tea when their captain, Rory Hamilton-Brown, was bowled trying to work Henderson against the turn. Gareth Batty was leg before to a ball from Naik which kept a trifle low and Schofield was taken at silly mid-off.