Lewis helps Gloucestershire end wait for victory

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Jon Lewis registered figures of 7 for 72 as Gloucestershire beat Surrey by six wickets to register their first County Championship win of the season, in the Division One match at Bristol yesterday.

Jon Lewis registered figures of 7 for 72 as Gloucestershire beat Surrey by six wickets to register their first County Championship win of the season, in the Division One match at Bristol yesterday.

The England A seamer claimed the first seven wickets to fall as Surrey, 108 behind on first innings, were dismissed for 213. The visitors' total would have been much worse but for a last wicket stand of 104 between Mark Ramprakash, who was unbeaten on 64, and James Ormond, who made a career-best 57.

Lewis was the leading English-qualified wicket-taker in county cricket last season, with 74 victims at 24 apiece, and his latest haul has taken his tally for this year to 22 at 18 each.

He dismissed Scott Newman on Thursday evening and left the visitors shell-shocked with an opening spell of 10-2-31-6 from the Jessop Tavern End. Gloucestershire lost four wickets in the process of gaining the 106 they needed for victory, as Martin Bicknell dismissed the openers, Philip Weston and Craig Spearman, and the left-arm spinner Nayan Doshi removed Tim Hancock and Matt Windows.

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