County Championship: Surrey beat Hampshire inside three days

Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel (right) took 309 Test wickets for South Africa before retiring in April
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Ageas Bowl (day three):
Surrey 368: Burns 151, Foakes 90; Edwards 5-93
Hampshire 135 & 175 (f/o): Weatherley 50; Virdi 3-23; Morkel 3-37
Surrey (23 pts) beat Hampshire (3 pts) by an innings and 58 runs

Surrey bowled out Hampshire in two sessions on day three at the Ageas Bowl to win their County Championship match by an innings and 58 runs.

Hampshire started their second innings 233 runs behind after being asked to follow on and were bowled out for 175.

Joe Weatherley top-scored with 50, while Rilee Rossouw was 39 not out.

Surrey's South African paceman Morne Morkel claimed 3-37 to finish with five wickets on debut, and teenage spinner Amar Virdi also took three wickets.

Victory takes Surrey to the top of a tight Division One table, although Somerset will move above them if they beat Nottinghamshire in the game still taking place at Taunton.

Hampshire, who only just avoided relegation last season, are now without a victory in the County Championship since beating Worcestershire in the opening round of fixtures.

While Surrey bowled well to dismiss the hosts for a second low total in the match, Hampshire contributed to their own downfall.

England's James Vince danced down the wicket to Virdi on 28 and was stumped, while opener Weatherley was run out attempting a third run.

Morkel, who has joined Surrey on a two-year Kolpak deal, finished off the game before tea by removing compatriot Dale Steyn and Fidel Edwards in the space of four balls.

Hampshire captain James Vince:

"That is a very disappointing defeat in all aspects of the game. We bowled okay in patches but then we let them in the game by letting them go at four or five an over.

"With the bat in the first innings to give up that deficit the rest of the game was always going to be tough. We bowled well at times but we never did enough to get ourselves back in the game.

"We will have to have a sit down and look at the areas, but batting is a tough one because it is an individual thing that affects the team. There were glimpses of guys getting in but nothing significant.

"When they enforced the follow on that gave us the best chance to win and, if we had managed to get 350 on the board you never know. But that wasn't a side which should have been getting beaten as convincingly as they were."

Surrey captain Rory Burns told BBC Radio London:

"I am very pleased especially the way that we bowled there, we were very good as a group. As a whole, the way the four big lads ran in, backed by Virds was excellent.

"You look at the names and the quality in that attack and the way they went about their stuff was brilliant, I couldn't ask for more.

"I am obviously happy with my own form and I'm happy as long as it continues.

"The next two games come thick and fast. We don't want to flirt with form. We just want to push on and continue."

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