County Championship: Ollie Pope gives Surrey lead over Hampshire

Surrey batsmen Aaron Finch and Ollie Pope celebrate a landmark in their innings against Hampshire
Ollie Pope (right) spent almost six hours in the middle on day three
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Kia Oval (day three):
Hampshire 367: Abbott 72, Stevenson 51; Clarke 7-74
Surrey 490-5: Pope 176*, Borthwick 100, Finch 90, Stoneman 63; Edwards 4-106
Surrey (7 pts) lead Hampshire (5 pts) by 123 runs

Ollie Pope helped Surrey build a first-innings lead over Hampshire to give the hosts a chance of victory.

Resuming on 109-2 at The Oval, 258 runs behind, Mark Stoneman added 11 to his overnight score before falling for 63.

Pope (176 not out) then anchored the Surrey innings, putting on 132 for the fourth wicket with Scott Borthwick (100) before a 188-run partnership with Aaron Finch (90) for the fifth.

Surrey reached 490-5 by the close on day three, 123 runs ahead.

Fidel Edwards (4-106) was the pick of the Hampshire bowlers, taking the wickets of Stoneman and Borthwick to add to his two scalps on day two.

Ryan Stevenson removed Finch with the Australia one-day international captain closing in on his century, having hit 12 fours and a six in his 126-ball innings.

Ben Foakes (12 not out) helped Pope to continue on, with the 21-year-old right-hander ending the day 24 runs short of a double century.

Defending champions Surrey sit sixth in the Division One table, having won just two of their 10 first-class fixtures this season.

Surrey centurion Scott Borthwick told BBC Radio London:

"It's been a stop-start season for me personally, after getting injured at the start and missing the 50-over competition.

"In the championship I've felt in good nick without putting up the numbers. So, it was nice to get the three figures. Unfortunately, I couldn't kick on.

"But what a sensational innings that was from Ollie Pope. Since he's come on the scene two years ago his stats speak for themselves.

"He doesn't bat like a 21-year-old, he bats like someone who has played a lot more cricket. I hope he kicks on and gets a really big one."

Hampshire first team coach Adrian Birrell:

"It was tough, especially when the ball gets old. Liam Dawson bowled well, like most of the bowlers. I was pleased with how we stuck at it, but it was a very long day.

"It was incredible that Liam finished wicket-less. He looked very dangerous against the left-handers and was very economical against the right-handers. He was very unlucky not to get any wickets.

"We will have to rest up and come back. It's a big day and it could be a tricky day. I suspect they'll have a go at us before lunch and we'll need to be resilient.

"Nye Donald is concussed, so he's facing a mandatory six-day rest period. But Harry Came is with the squad, so he will now come in as substitute."

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