County Championship: Kyle Abbott helps Hampshire defeat Surrey


Image description, Kyle Abbott of Hampshire celebrates taking the wicket of Jordan Clark of Surrey

Vitality County Championship Division One, Utilita Bowl (first day)

Surrey 127: Burns 33; K. Abbott 5:25, Dawson 3:21

Hampshire 102-1: Albert 34*, Gubbins 27*

Hampshire (3 points) is 25 runs behind Surrey (0 points)

Kyle Abbott finished as the Utilita Bowl's leading wicket-taker as Hampshire faltered in champions Surrey's quest for a third consecutive county championship.

Abbott overtook Dimi Mascarenhas' 186 wickets on the field when he reached 188 home wickets with his predatory post-lunch sequel of 5-25.

The South African's efforts were complemented by Liam Dawson's 3-21 as Surrey scored 127.

To add to Surrey's woes, wicket-keeper Ben Foakes was unable to act as wicket-keeper due to back pain and Hampshire reached a freezing 102-1.

The highlight of the morning session was Dawson intercepting Surrey's top order.

He struck after just four throws when Dom Sibley returned a simple catch and bowled.

Ollie Pope attempted to drive Dawson over long-on but missed the pass to Keith Barker at mid-on, giving the all-rounder his 300th first-class wicket for Hampshire.

His 301st hit came shortly afterwards when Rory Burns switched to short leg before Jamie Smith ended the morning session by rearranging his stumps.

The half-time score of 89-4 was a little flattering for the hosts, but when they came back, Abbott was beside himself with joy and destroyed the middle and lower fields.

Felix Organ took a wonderful pike catch at square leg to dismiss Dan Lawrence, but from then on Abbott was at his best with his skilful bowling.

He pushed in to displace Foakes' middle stump and then found Jordan Clark's outside edge with ease.

Abbott overtook Mascarenhas by getting a ball to lift to Sean Abbott and then completed his 38th career five-wicket haul by removing Gus Atkinson.

Michael Neser rounded off the innings, ending Surrey's collapse that had seen seven wickets lost for 38 runs.

Fletcha Middleton and Toby Albert of Hampshire scored 51 runs for the first wicket.

The separation was ended when Middleton played a free kick back to Smith.

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