County Championship: Clarke helps Surrey edge ahead of Hampshire on disrupted day

Rikki Clarke and Ben Foakes
Rikki Clarke took two more Hampshire wickets after bad light and rain interrupted the evening session
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Kia Oval (day one):
Hampshire 222-7: Holland 51, Vince 47; Clarke 5-52
Surrey: Yet to bat
Surrey 2 pts, Hampshire 1 pt

Rikki Clarke took five wickets to give Surrey the upper hand against Hampshire on a disrupted first day at The Oval.

Hampshire lost two late wickets in the evening session to close on 222-7 after Clarke took 5-52 for the hosts.

Opener Ian Holland (51) and captain James Vince (47) had looked the most assured between the interruptions.

Only 70 overs were bowled as heavy showers washed out the morning session before another 30 minutes were lost in the evening due to bad light and rain.

Hampshire would have felt the happier before that second delay as they fought their way to 201-5.

But Liam Dawson (28) and Aneurin Donald (32) were trapped leg before and caught behind respectively against Clarke when play resumed.

Clarke's Surrey team-mate Sam Curran was wicketless in his 16 overs.

He is expected to play the first two days of this fixture before joining up with England's squad for the third Ashes Test starting at Headingley on Thursday.

Surrey all-rounder Rikki Clarke told BBC Radio London:

"I've had my feet up for the last few games, so it has been quite easy to hone the red ball skills. It's nice to get the ball swinging.

"It came out nicely, although I'm a bit rusty having not played red ball for a period of time, at areas.

"We're pretty happy. After losing the toss to have them seven down is a nice bonus. I suppose it's a good day.

"But we've got to come back again and do it again, making sure they don't get too many runs and that then we set our stall out with the bat.

Hampshire's Ian Holland:

"We are a little bit behind the eight-ball. The average first innings score is 255 so we've a bit of work to do.

"We had a day where we got partnerships every time but didn't quite get that big one, so we missed ticking that box of a 100-run partnership that would have changed it in our favour.

It's been nice to have a crack up the top of the order and I've really enjoyed the opportunity.

"The guys are backing me to open the batting and I'm enjoying the challenge and doing a job for the team there."

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