Surrey 368 lead Hampshire 135 by 233 runs

RIKKI Clarke took five wickets to complement Rory Burns’ stunning 151 as Surrey forced Hampshire to follow on at The Ageas Bowl

All-rounder Clarke who ended with figures of five for 29, reached the milestone for just the fifth time in his first-class career during a rampant afternoon and evening running through Hampshire.

The hosts were left 233 behind when stumps were called eight overs short of the allotted number.

Surrey had reached 368 from their first innings as Burns became the highest run scorer in the Championship, while Fidel Edwards registered his sixth five-wicket haul for Hampshire.

But the Burns show turned into a seaming masterclass from Morne Morkel and Clarke, with more than capable assistance from Jade Dernbach and Sam Curran.

Dernbach was the first to strike, in the 16 overs before tea, as he found the outside edge of opener Joe Weatherley on the drive before Clarke completed the catch at second slip.

Morkel and Clarke then teamed up after the interval, with Morkel attacking with his awkward short pitch bowling, and Clarke methodically hitting his lengths at the other end - the nine-over spell yielding three scalps.

James Vince edged Clarke, while attempting to defend his off-stump, to Scott Borthwick, diving forward at second slip.

Opener Jimmy Adams had fended off the new ball, with a few close caught behind appeals, during his 69-ball vigil but was leg before wicket to Clarke for 13.

Sean Ervine, playing his first Championship innings of the summer, followed an over later as Morkel opened his red-ball account for Surrey - by tickling the inside edge of the Zimbabwean’s bat.

Hampshire slumped to 83 for five when newly-capped England bowler Curran castled Lewis McManus with a delivery which kept its line and hit the top of off-stump.

Rilee Rossouw provided some respite from the collapse with a typically energetic and brave 47 - he was twice struck on his left hand - but his innings ended when he guided Morkel to Ollie Pope at gully.

The slump continued as Gareth Berg was lbw to Clarke, before Brad Taylor was caught by Borthwick at second slip attempting to avoid a vicious Clarke bouncer.

Kyle Abbott was bowled by Curran before Edwards was caught behind to complete Clarke’s haul and bowl Hampshire out for 135.

Earlier, Burns and Ben Foakes had continued where they had left off on a truncated opening day at the Ageas Bowl.

Captain Burns, dropped at first slip by Ervine on 126, moved past 150 in 199 balls before departing with just another single to his name as he was bowled while swinging across the line against Brad Taylor.

Burns now has exactly 500 runs for the campaign more than anyone else, having overtaken Hashim Amla, and boasts a career average of nearly 91 against Hampshire.

The wicket ended a 199-run stand with Foakes, and seven balls later the wicketkeeper was lbw to Edwards for 90.

The new ball saw a renaissance from Hampshire, with Dale Steyn claiming his maiden first-class wicket for Hampshire when Curran drove to Adams at second slip.

Wickets then fell at regular intervals as Edwards, along with Steyn, kept plugging away - Clarke caught by Rossouw in the hook on the boundary, Dernbach was lbw, Pope caught behind and Amar Virdi bowled.

Clarke said: “The ball held its swing all day and we bowled in good areas and caught well.”