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.
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A brilliant day from all see's us win here against Hampshire within three days. pic.twitter.com/1NT6BSM2Io
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.
"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?!