Daily Star

GOING BATTY FOR PACESETTER­S SURREY

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SURREY needed just 39 minutes on the fourth morning to complete an impressive nine-wicket victory over Warwickshi­re and go 21 points clear at the top of County Championsh­ip Division One.

They began the final day needing 58 more runs to win with former England opener Dom Sibley (left) finishing unbeaten on 46 and Ollie Pope scoring 13 not out for a third successive win and a maximum 24 points. ■ by JOSHUA PECK

Surrey head coach Gareth Batty said: “We fought pretty hard. It was a real team performanc­e.

“There were partnershi­ps with the batting, partnershi­ps with the bowling.

“Pretty pleasing performanc­e all round.”

Felix Organ and James Vince put on 53 to take Hampshire out of a minicollap­se to complete a draw with Durham which had been inescapabl­e since Friday.

Matthew Potts (2-19) reminded England of his skill by removing Hampshire’s openers and added a small amount of jeopardy back into the match.

But Organ and Vince showed heart and made it safe with risk-free blocking before bad light and rain brought about the inevitable result.

A maiden first-class century from wicketkeep­er Matthew Hurst salvaged some pride for Lancashire but could not stop Nottingham­shire completing a nine-wicket win at Trent Bridge.

Haseeb Hameed – a double centurion in the first innings – was unbeaten on 24 at the end.

Kent survived some occasional alarms to bat out a draw with Worcesters­hire on the final day of their clash.

In Division Two, pace bowler Marchant de Lange led the charge with three wickets to set up Gloucester­shire’s first Championsh­ip victory since September 2022 on the final day of their clash against Northampto­nshire.

Josh Shaw (2-56) and De Lange (3-58) did the damage as Northants fell to a heavy 256-run defeat.

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