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    County Championship Plays of the Day - June 11

    Morne Morkel takes Surrey top while Essex win superbly at Lancashire in the Specsavers County Championship

    DIVISION ONE

    Hampshire 135 & 173 lost to Surrey 368
    Lancashire 301 & 105 lost to Essex 302 & 108/5
    Somerset 392 v Nottinghamshire 134 & 468/8

    DIVISION TWO

    Warwickshire 250 & 25/0 v Glamorgan 220 & 323
    Durham 96 & 376 v Derbyshire 69/4
    Northamptonshire 204 & 229 lost to Leicestershire 213 & 215/4
    Gloucestershire 240 & 73/0 v Kent 577/9d

    THE REY MAKE LIGHT WORK OF HANTS

    Comprehensive. There aren't many other words to describe Surrey's mauling of Hampshire on the south coast. A first innings total of 368 wouldn't usually be the catalyst to win by an innings and 58 runs but when you've got South African beanpole and bona fide legend, Morne Morkel steaming in, pressure can do funny things to people. Beginning the day 233 behind, Hants could muster only 173, as Morkel took 3/37, Amar Virdi's tweakers collected 3/23 and the effervescent Rikki Clarke added two more scalps to his five from the first dig.

    A RELIABLE PORTER...

    Is a wonderful tonic and in Jamie Porter, Essex have a bowler that comes with a Championship wickets guarantee. After Essex eked out a one run lead on the first innings, Porter removed Keaton Jennings and Haseeb Hameed within three overs and went on to finish with 5/30 off 12.4 overs. His old mucker from last year's title success Simon Harmer pitching in with 4/34. That left the Eagles with a paltry 104 to win, and though they slipped to 41/4 at one stage, Ravi Bopara led them to a relatively comfortable 5-wicket win.

    BOUNCEBACKABILITY

    "Get back out there and do better," was probably the loose gist of Peter Moores' team talk after Nottinghamshire had been skittled for 134 in reply to Somerset's 392 at Taunton. And better they certainly did. With just three batters having made double figures in the first dig, there were contributions everywhere in the second. Mullaney hit 94, Jake Libby 69, Chris Nash 66, Samit Patel 55 and Tom Moores a magnificent almost-run-a-ball century - his first in the County Championship. They ended the day on 468/8, a lead of 210. Game. On.

    MAGNIFICENT MATT HENRY

    Kiwi class, pure and simple. Kent's paceman is past the 40-wicket barrier for the season already and has almost twice as many scalps than the next best bowler in Division Two. The victims this time were Gloucestershire, as Henry took 6/58 to ensure the hosts were done for 240 and asked to follow on. Maybe he'll finally win Player of the Week this time round?!

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