Leaders Surrey ease to victory at Middlesex

Will Jacks batting for Surrey
Will Jacks struck 45 off 35 balls to take Surrey to victory
LV= County Championship Division One, Lord’s (day four)
Surrey 433 & 78-2: Jacks 45*
Middlesex 238 & 272: Stoneman 72; Abbott 4-60
Surrey (22 pts) beat Middlesex (2 pts) by eight wickets
Match scorecard

Will Jacks struck a swift unbeaten 45 as Surrey motored to a comfortable eight-wicket victory over neighbours Middlesex inside an hour on the final morning.

The County Championship leaders needed only 11.1 overs to chase down a modest target of 78, completing their second derby success of the season and a first red-ball win at Lord’s for 26 years.

With rain forecast for later in the day, Surrey were keen to secure the result as quickly as possible after bowling their hosts out for 272, with seamer Sean Abbott returning figures of 4-60.

Middlesex, who remain second from bottom in Division One, have now lost four of their last five Championship fixtures.

Abbott took only two deliveries to finish off Middlesex’s second innings when play resumed, banging it in short to last man Tim Murtagh, who could only fend it off into the slip area and Dom Sibley took the catch.

That left Ethan Bamber stranded on a career-best 46 not out and Surrey with 78 to score – just five more than the target they chased to complete a nine-wicket victory against their neighbours at the Oval in May.

First-innings centurion Jamie Smith was promoted to begin the chase with Rory Burns, but he lasted just two balls on this occasion before clipping Tom Helm tamely into the hands of midwicket.

Helm picked up a second wicket, his eighth of the match, when Burns attempted a paddle from outside off stump that was neatly taken by Murtagh at long leg, but Jacks maintained momentum by clouting Bamber over the cover boundary.

Tom Latham also struck a maximum off Helm before hitting the winning runs off Mark Stoneman to finish unbeaten on 21.

Report supplied by ECB Reporters’ Network.

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