|LV= County Championship Division One, Kia Oval (day 4)|
|Essex 271: Rossington 100; Worrall 6-56 & 208: Lawrence, Worrall 5-66|
|Surrey 319: Jacks 150*; Snater 3-35 & 162-4: Burns 40, Patel 38|
|Surrey (22 pts) beat Essex (5 pts) by six wickets|
Surrey took simply 19.6 overs to knock off the runs they wanted to finish a six-wicket victory over Essex that retains them on high of the County Championship Division One standings.
Resuming their second innings on 85-2, and nonetheless requiring 76 extra runs, they misplaced opener Ryan Patel and all-rounder Jamie Overton earlier than clinching their sixth win in 10 matches once they reached 162-4.
Patel, on 22 in a single day, took his close to four-hour knock to 38 earlier than enjoying again to off-spinner Simon Harmer and edging a ball that turned and bounced to keeper Adam Rossington.
Overton was then promoted up the order and responded by swinging Matt Critchley leg-breaks over mid-wicket for a few sixes, however was caught off the identical bowler for 21, at lengthy off, in attempting to finish the match with yet one more blow.
Nightwatchman Tom Lawes, who was dropped on one at third slip off Shane Snater within the fifth over of the morning, performed some glorious strokes to complete 32 not out from 54 balls.
Lawes, the 19-year outdated all-rounder making simply his fifth first-class look, clipped Snater by mid-wicket for 4 after which skipped down the pitch to drive Harmer straight for six to point out his functionality with bat in hand.
Ollie Pope, who changed Overton, reverse-swept the primary ball he confronted, from Harmer, for 4 to finish Surrey’s victory after 80 minutes of play.
Surrey, who earned 22 factors, now face defending champions Warwickshire on the Oval subsequent week with solely 4 video games remaining as they appear to land the trophy they final gained in 2018.
Essex take 5 factors from the sport.
Essex captain Tom Westley instructed BBC Essex:
“You have to take your hats off to Surrey. They’re playing some fantastic cricket this year, similar to what we’ve done in the last few years.
“They had been in some powerful positions on this recreation and nonetheless turned it round and that is what the most effective groups do.”
“We’ve made some nice signings this 12 months and we noticed an excellent knock from Adam Rossington, which solely bodes effectively for Essex shifting ahead, and Shane Snater bowled effectively all through the sport.
“If we’re being realistic, Surrey are running away a little bit with the title now, but our attitude is to go out there and win the games we have left and finish as high as we can.”
Report equipped by the ECB Reporters’ Network.