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SAM MORSHEAD AT THE OVAL: Sam Curran was the fuse and the spark. The teenager’s three wickets on Monday gave him a match haul of 10 for the first time in his career, a product of tight, trying lines and a low, zippy action
Sam Curran claimed 10 wickets for Surrey
The Kia Oval (final day of four): Surrey 414, Yorkshire 229 & 168 - Surrey won by an innings & 17 runs
By a quarter to twelve, all that was left was the sound of lawnmowers and buses.
Surrey needed less than an hour of day four to brutally finish off Yorkshire, a half-session blitz that reduced the visitors’ bottom order to rubble.
Sam Curran was the fuse and the spark. The teenager’s three wickets on Monday gave him a match haul of 10 for the first time in his career, a product of tight, trying lines and a low, zippy action.
Yorkshire, who until late on day three might have held out hope of saving a draw, were left with very little to take from their trip to south London. Four measly Championship points can barely be called consolation when you’ve lost seven for 69 in 28 overs to fall to an innings defeat.
Starting off again at 142 for five, Jonny Bairstow’s half-hearted chop at Rikki Clarke gave Ben Foakes a simple catch before Curran whipped through the tail with surprising ease.
Ollie Pope set up victory with a first-innings hundred
Tim Bresnan was caught behind, Steven Patterson clean bowled and Josh Shaw had his stumps bent left and right before Clarke pinned Jack Leaning lbw to confirm Yorkshire’s fate.
After the miracle of Chelmsford, this will surely have been quite dispiriting.
For Surrey, though, a second win of the Championship campaign illustrated clearly just how much strength in depth there is at The Oval.
The next time they are in four-day action, in early June, Alec Stewart will be able to call on Morne Morkel in addition to his current options. Tom Curran and Jason Roy will be back from India, albeit likely on ODI duty for England. Oh, and Virat Kohli will be part of the dressing room too.
Yet right now, the county is abuzz for three of its younger, homegrown talents.
Curran Jnr’s 10-for here included the prized scalp of Cheteshwar Pujara, twice, as well as Joe Root and Harry Brook. Whatever conversations have taken place between the teenager and Surrey’s bowling coach Ryan Sidebottom - who knows a thing or two about the dynamics of left-arm seam - they are working, and some.
Amar Virdi made a telling contribution with the ball again
Amar Virdi has now taken more Championship wickets than any spinner in the country this season. His rip-roaring beauty to get rid of Root on day three, lulling the England captain into pegging the gate wide open before bowling him between bat and pad, will only have enhanced his chances of a national call-up.
And then there’s Ollie Pope, who set the tone on the first afternoon with a bewitching century - his second in first-class cricket this season, rescuing Surrey from a difficult position at 69 for four.
Sure, Surrey have the wealth to attract the world’s best; that is an easy critique.
However, right now the county is producing players of their own who can not only compete with the best but beat the best. That can only be good for English cricket as a whole.