Surrey roar back to the top after making it 3 straight innings wins. 24th June 2018
24th June 2018
Surrey moved to the top of the Specsavers County Championship table, after completing an innings and 69 runs victory against visiting Somerset at Guildford.
In the battle of the top two in the table, in an uncontested toss Surrey made 459 in their first innings, with Ollie Pope making 117. For the visitors Tim Groenewald was the pick of the attack by taking 4-85.
Somerset, always struggled, and eventually were dismissed for 180 with Ed Byrom hitting a career best 52. 20-year-old Ryan Patel- who before today had picked up just two wickets in his career- produced an astonishing spell of bowling by taking 5 for 6 in just 23 balls to reduced Somerset to facing an uphill battle to save the game.
Following on 278 runs behind, Somerset were dismissed for 210, despite an unbeaten 89 from James Hildrith. The visitors never recovered from 40-4, and were defeated inside three days, with more than four sessions to spare. The pick of the Surrey attack was down to Morne Morkel with 4-36 and Jade Dernbach 4-94.
The win at Guildford was the first time since 1958 that Surrey have won three games in succession by an innings. In that year, Surrey went on to lift the Championship. Could that be a special omen for Surrey.