Masterful Sangakkara slams fifth consecutive century, Leach's six-wicket haul stuns Hampshire
Kumar Sangakkara continued his rich vein of form as he slammed his fifth consecutive century of the season to take Surrey's total to 334 for seven against Essex while Joe Leach picked a six-wicket haul for Somerset to dismiss Hampshire for 162 following which the home side replied back with a score of 157 for five at stumps on day one of County Championship Division One clashes.
Surrey 334-7 (Sangakkara 177no) v Essex
County Championship, Division One, Chelmsford
Surrey won the toss and decided to bat first. A triple strike from Matthew Quinn (3-66) saw Surrey lose Rory Burns (2), Mark Stoneman (4) and Steve Borthwick (3) and were left reeling at 16 for three.
Jamie Porter (2-70) further dented Surrey's hope with two wickets in quick succession, accounting for Dominic Sibley (1) and Ben Foakes (8) and Surrey had lost half their side with score reading just 31 runs.
On what will be his final season of first-class cricket, the former Sri Lankan captain, Sangakkara (177 not out) once again came to the rescue of Surrey, adding a vital 191 run stand for the sixth wicket with Sam Curran (90).
Even though, Sam was stumped off Simon Harmer (1-40), leaving 10 runs short of a deserving century, Sangakkara carried on and completed his fifth consecutive ton and along with support from Stuart Meaker (43 not out), Surrey finished the day well at 334 for seven.
Hampshire 162 (Leach 6-78) v
Somerset 157-5 (Elgar 60)
County Championship, Division One, Taunton
Hampshire decided to bat first on winning the toss. Leach (6-78), left-arm-orthodox spinner, was introduced very early in the innings as he accounted for Liam Dawson (13), James Vince (11) and in-form Rilee Rossouw (0) while Dominic Bess (3-45) at the other end removed Michael Carberry (17), Sean Ervine (8) and Lewis McManus (0) to leave Hampshire struggling at 81 for six.
From there on, only George Bailey (49) and Kyle Abbott (49) showed some resilience but Leach returned back to dismiss both the batsmen and also completed a six-wicket haul to bowl out Hampshire for 162.
In their response, Somerset lost Marcus Trescothick (6) early in the innings but Dean Elgar (60) and Tom Abell (40) help them recover with a 75 run stand for the second wicket. A triple strike from Liam Dawson (3-48) brought Hampshire back into the game as Somerset were reduced to 157 for five at stumps. They now trail Hampshire by five runs.
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