Cricket: Surrey arrive early in style

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The Independent Online
SURREY moved to the top of the County Championship table with their second win in three matches after dispatching Hampshire by an innings and 184 runs at Southampton. The visitors completed their win in the first over after tea on the third day when the spinner Saqlain Mushtaq bowled the last man, Nixon McLean, with the score on 218.

Northamptonshire overcame Yorkshire's spirited resistance to secure an emphatic eight-wicket victory at Northampton, also with a day to spare. The visitors' lower order batsmen engineered a revival from 147 for 7 overnight to 288 all out.

Northamptonshire, however, encountered few problems in picking off the 105 needed before tea to complete their first win over a first-class county in any competition this season.