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Amar Virdi, Gus Atkinson join forces to help set Northamptonshire daunting target


Surrey’s last-wicket pair post career-best scores before Gay and Keogh keep hosts in the hunt

Northamptonshire 171 and 106 for 2 (Keogh 46*, Gay 44*) need 214 runs vs Surrey 252 and 238 (Jacks 50, Virdi 47, Atkinson 41*, Kerrigan 4-36)

Surrey’s Amar Virdi and Gus Atkinson made career-best scores in an enterprising last-wicket stand worth 83 in 36 overs to help set Northamptonshire a daunting 320 to win in their Championship clash at Wantage Road.
The pair safely negotiated the extra half hour with Surrey nine wickets down before lunch and emerged after the interval keen to play their shots against the new ball. Virdi, belying his tailender status and an average of seven, struck seven boundaries in his 47, including clubbing Rob Keogh confidently over long-on.
Surrey’s bowlers then made early inroads, taking two early wickets, but an unbeaten stand of 69 by Emilio Gay and Keogh kept the hosts in the hunt at 106 for 2 at stumps. They came together after Will Jacks had registered his second half-century of the match amid a clutter of wickets.
Spinner Simon Kerrigan claimed three scalps in a marathon spell. Bowling throughout the extended morning session, Kerrigan made an immediate breakthrough in the second over of the morning, taking the key wicket of Hashim Amla, who pushed forward to a turning ball and was caught behind by Adam Rossington for 26.


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