County Championship: Zafar Ansari wraps up win for Surrey

Zafar Ansari
Zafar Ansari made his first-class debut for Cambridge University in 2011
LV= County Championship Division Two, Kia Oval
Surrey 448 all out: Foakes 118, Elgar 98, Batty 50; Norwell 5-112
Gloucestershire 113 & 155: Tavare 58; Ansari 6-30
Surrey won by an innings and 180 runs
Surrey 22 pts, Gloucestershire 1 pt
Match scorecard

Zafar Ansari and Tom Curran each took career-best figures as Surrey beat Gloucestershire by an innings and 180 runs at The Oval.

The victory, inside three days, saw the hosts take 13 wickets in a day.

The visitors resumed on 102-7, trailing by 346, but Curran struck twice to end with 7-20 to skittle them for 113.

Following on, the visitors fared little better, despite a battling 58 from Will Tavare, and they were all out for 155 with Ansari claiming 6-30.

Left-arm spinner Ansari did not strike in the first innings as Curran, son of former Zimbabwe international Kevin, snuffed out any chance of some late order runs from the visitors.

Ansari, who bowled first change in each innings, struck early in the second with opener Tavare, nephew of former England batsman Chris, standing firm for 132 minutes before becoming the fifth man to fall with the score at 110.

There was little resistance after that as Surrey ended proceedings in another 27 overs for their fifth win of the season and to close the gap to just six points to Division Two leaders Lancashire.

Surrey bowler Zafar Ansari told BBC London 94.9:

"We set it up well on the first day with some really good batting performances and then on what looked like a tough wicket in the end.

"Tom Curran has been bowling brilliantly for a few weeks if not months though. It's come good for him but the important thing to emphasise is when people don't get the rewards but bowl really well, they are just as important to the victory as the wicket-takers.

"I thought I bowled quite well, bowled some good balls and mixed it up quite well but the figures probably flattered me.

"I'm obviously happy to take them and it's those times when you're bowling well and not taking wickets that these moments mean more so I'm very happy."

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