County Championship: Surrey clinch innings win at Nottinghamshire as Morkel takes 5-60

Morne Morkel celebrates a wicket for Surrey
Former South Africa bowler Morne Morkel has taken 25 wickets at an average of 14.68 in four Championship appearances for Surrey this season
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge (day three):
Nottinghamshire 210 & 199: Patel 55; Morkel 5-60
Surrey 592: Burns 153, Clarke 111, Stoneman 86, Curran 70; Root 3-37
Surrey (24 pts) beat Nottinghamshire (3 pts) by an innings and 183 runs
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Division One leaders Surrey bowled out Nottinghamshire on day three to win by an innings and 183 runs and seal their fifth consecutive Championship victory.

After resuming on 57-1, 325 runs short of Surrey's first innings total of 592, Notts lost Steven Mullaney (23) early on before Will Fraine went for 30.

Seamer Morne Morkel ended the resistance of Samit Patel (55) as the hosts were reduced to 172-7 at lunch.

Spinner Amar Virdi (2-35) helped Morkel (5-60) wrap up the tail.

Surrey took maximum points from their victory at Trent Bridge as they remain unbeaten in the league this season, and are now 43 points ahead of second-placed Notts in the table with a game in hand.

Former South Africa Test bowler Morkel ended with match figures of 9-120, but centuries from captain Rory Burns and all-rounder Rikki Clarke in Surrey's innings had piled the pressure on the home batsmen.

Surrey captain Rory Burns:

"We're delighted to beat a very good side inside three days.

"It's always tough when you put a side in because it puts a lot of expectation on the bowlers and how they go about that as a group, but to bowl them out in two sessions was outstanding.

"Morne was excellent and will take the plaudits with his five-for, but the way they went about it as a group, to bowl Notts out - who are a very good side - twice for around 200 - shows how we are going about our business."

Notts head coach Peter Moores:

"I think we've seen a very good team in Surrey. They've played really well at the top of their game and we haven't, so by the end of the game we have to accept that we didn't bat well enough, bowl well enough or field well enough.

"We're not carrying a lot of players on the staff and we've lost a couple of players though injury but we're not making excuses.

"We went into that game confident of playing good cricket. We've had other matches that have been tough and put in some good performances but we didn't play well enough here."

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