Amar Virdi impresses as Surrey see off battling Hampshire

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Surrey’s 19-year-old spinner Amar Virdi finished with four wickets as he helped seal a 139-run victory over Hampshire in Division One of the Specsavers County Championship.

Sam Northeast provided stubborn resistance on the final day at the Kia Oval but his eventual dismissal for 129 in the evening session secured the hosts victory with 23.3 overs left.

Hampshire started the day 116 for four, with the victory target a notional 472, and their brave rearguard came up short as Virdi took two wickets to end with figures of four for 79, while Jade Dernbach also claimed a couple of final-day scalps.

Yorkshire needed just one hour to wrap up a 164-run victory over Nottinghamshire at Headingley.

Ben Coad took six for 81 in the second innings to complete a 10-wicket match haul, with Notts mustering 238 all out in search of 403 for victory.

Notts’ Tom Moores (40 not out) and Jake Ball (30) did post a ninth-wicket stand of 66, only for Coad to change ends and dismiss Ball and Harry Gurney in the same over.

In Division Two, Derbyshire ended a 23-match winless run at home with their 101-run victory over Middlesex.

A streak stretching back 1,306 days to September 2014 finally came to an end, with Middlesex posting 340 all out chasing 442.

James Harris, unbeaten on 64, and Tom Helm produced a ninth-wicket stand of 106 as the visitors battled against the inevitable.

James Bracey’s unbeaten 120 was not enough to stop Gloucestershire falling to a six-wicket defeat at home to Glamorgan.

Gloucester resumed at 133 for five, still battling to avoid an innings defeat. 

The hosts at least managed that, thanks to Bracey’s fine knock, Ryan Higgins’ 61, 50 from Daniel Worrall and Matt Taylor’s 48.

Gloucester’s 372 all out sent Glamorgan back to the crease requiring 83 in 21 overs to win, and though Taylor took three for 25 in six overs, the visitors secured victory.

Luke Wells hit an unbeaten 102 as Sussex drew with Leicestershire.

Wells turned his overnight score of seven into his 18th first-class century, as Sussex closed the match on 241 for four in the high-scoring contest.

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