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Surrey v Hampshire: SpecSavers County Championship Match Review

Sam Northeast scored 129 against Surrey for Hampshire
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Some excellent individual batting performances from Ollie Pope (145) for Surrey and Sam Northeast (129) for Hampshire were the highlights of this opening County Championship win for Surrey.

Amar Virdi, who took 4-79 ,helped Surrey over the line after a great knock from Sam Northeast in Hampshire’s second innings.

Amar Virdi commented after the match on BBC Radio London:

"It was a tough win in the end. We really had to grind out today.

"But, playing on wickets like this, you really have to put in the hard shift. We really stuck in there as a unit and that's a win we're really going to enjoy.

"Amla's definitely the best wicket I've taken so far. "He's someone I continue to watch on TV and I thought it was going to be hard work getting him out.

"He plays spin so well, but I was lucky the ball kept low and I got my line and pace right. It's something I'm going to cherish for the rest of my career."

RESULT

Surrey 211 and 407-9 dec: Ollie Pope 145, Foakes 81; Abbott 3-72

Hampshire 147 and 332: Sam Northeast 129; Amar Virdi 4-79

Surrey (20 pts) beat Hampshire (3 pts) by 139 runs 

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