Nottinghamshire v Surrey: Franks & Gurney seal win for home side

Harry Gurney
County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge
Day four: Nottinghamshire 274 & 191 beat Surrey 207 & 144 by 114 runs
Notts 21pts, Surrey 4pts
Match scorecard

Harry Gurney and Paul Franks took three wickets each as Nottinghamshire beat Surrey in a Championship match at Trent Bridge for the first time since 1992.

The visitors, chasing a target of 259 to win, subsided meekly for 144 in seamer-friendly conditions.

Franks (3-16) made the initial breakthrough, removing Rory Burns (53) and Zander de Bruyn (14).

Steven Davies (28) was the only other batsman to reach double figures before playing on to left-armer Gurney (3-40).

The cloud cover overhead suggested Surrey would not find batting easy on the final morning, having resumed on 72-3, and so it proved as Franks and Gurney found both swing through the air and movement off the pitch.

Burns was first to go, caught behind as he attempted a flashing drive shortly after bringing up his half-century and De Bruyn was then undone by a superb delivery that left him off the pitch and took the edge.

Gurney enjoyed his first success when Gary Wilson spooned a return catch to him and Surrey were 122-7 when bad light intervened, but it was only a temporary reprieve.

Davies dragged the ball into his stumps as he tried to force it away off the back foot and the end came in the early afternoon when Stuart Meaker drove spinner Samit Patel to extra cover.

The defeat left Surrey second from bottom of the Division One table, with no wins from their opening five matches.


BBC Radio Nottingham's Dave Bracegirdle:

"A low-scoring game is usually a good game and despite the margin of victory, this was a tense affair throughout, eventually decided by the Notts attack.

"Paul Franks, the old warhorse, and Harry Gurney, the young, pacy left-armer, combined with three wickets apiece to herald a first home win over Surrey for 21 years..

"With two wins out of four things suddenly look much brighter for the Robin Hood county."

BBC London 94.9's Mark Church:

"This will be a painful defeat for Surrey.

"Their bowlers got them back into the game, but the batsmen could not establish themselves on the final morning and give themselves a chance of securing the win.

"Ultimately, Nottinghamshire were the better side in the key moments of this game and Surrey will have to reflect on back-to-back defeats in the Championship."

Match scorecard

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