Cricket: Somerset see off Surrey to take over at top
PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 June 2019 | UPDATED: 14:00 06 June 2019
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Jack Brooks claimed three wickets in seven balls to propel Somerset towards a 102-run victory against Surrey at Guildford.
Surrey were bowled out for 164 in their second innings, losing eight wickets on the final morning in just over an hour and a half as Brooks claimed figures of 5-33.
It was Somerset's fourth win from five matches this season, and takes them to the top of the Division One table with a lead of 15 points over second-placed Hampshire.
Fast bowler Brooks removed nightwatchman Gareth Batty and then claimed the prized scalps of South African Test batsman Dean Elgar and England
wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes in a spell of 5-1-11-3 in the first 45 minutes.
Surrey had been set a target of 267 for victory and started the day on 99-2.
Having slid to 120-5 as a result of Brooks' triple strike, Surrey then took further heavy blows from seamer Tim Groenewald, who bowled Scott Borthwick for 45 with his first ball and followed up by pinning Will Jacks leg-before in his second over.
Left-hander Borthwick, who started the day on 35 and had featured in a second wicket stand of 72 in 27 overs with his captain, Rory Burns, on the third evening to raise Surrey hopes, was undone by a superb ball which swung back into him.
Jacks, who made nought, had no answer to a ball that nipped back. It was swing, too, which Brooks found from the Railway End to undermine Surrey's chase in spectacular fashion.
Batty, who had begun by edging Brooks safely past third slip for four and had gone to 14 by cover-driving Craig Overton for another boundary, was bowled aiming to pull a ball that was far too full for the shot.
Elgar was also bowled, off the inside edge for a third ball duck, as he tried to dig out a full delivery that curved back into him and Foakes, on two, nicked a lovely away-swinger and was brilliantly caught low down by Marcus Trescothick at second slip.
Groenewald picked up a third wicket when Rikki Clarke drove at an outswinger and edged to keeper Steven Davies, who took a good tumbling catch in front of first slip.
And the end was near for Surrey when Ryan Patel, having swatted Craig Overton over mid-wicket for six to go to 27, wafted a catch to gully later in the same over as he tried to engineer a stroke to keep the strike.
It was all over at 12.34pm when Morne Morkel lofted Craig Overton straight to mid off to go for two, giving the bowler figures of 2-59 as Groenewald finished with 3-29.