LV County Championship - Division One
The Rose Bowl - Day Four
Surrey 556 (M R Ramprakash 188, M A Butcher 100, J N Batty 55) v Hampshire 221 (J H K Adams 110, C P Schofield 5-52)& 298 (N Pothas 92, Harbhajan Singh 4-71)
Surrey (22pts) beat Hampshire (3pts) by an innings and 37 runs
Surrey boosted their hopes of avoiding relegation with an impressive innings victory over Hampshire at The Rose Bowl.
The home side were eventually bowled out for 298 in their second innings after a battling ninth-wicket stand had given them hope of escaping with a draw.
Beginning the final day on 121-3, Hampshire's middle order crumbled to Surrey's spin duo of Harbhajan Singh, who finished with 4-71, and Chris Schofield.
However, stand-in skipper Nic Pothas (92) and number 10 David Griffiths put on 99 to frustrate their opponents.
Eventually the pair were seperated when Pothas fell lbw to Matt Nicholson eight short of a deserved century. He had faced 255 balls and hit 14 fours.
Last man James Bruce fell soon after as Hampshire - who hope to have Shane Warne fit for their final two matches - suffered a potentially fatal blow to their title hopes.
Surrey are now up to sixth in the Division One table while the result also consigns bottom county Worcestershire to relegation.Day three
Chris Schofield claimed his first five wicket haul in the county championship for eight years as Surrey maintained their grip at the Rose Bowl.
Schofield took 5-52 as Hampshire were bowled out for 221 in their first innings - despite a century from Jimmy Adams - before reaching 121-3 in their second dig.
That still leaves them 214 short of Surrey's first innings total and needing to bat for most of the final day.
Adams proved the mainstay with a gritty 110, adding 66 with Nic Pothas for the fifth wicket before the stand-in skipper uncharacteristically gave his wicket away attempting to pull Schofield.
Harbhajan Singh finally removed Adams as the tail collapsed around him, and the hosts were invited to follow on.
Mike Carberry and Mike Brown compiled 63 for the opening stand but Adams was once again pressed into action as Brown (30) was dislodged by Chris Jordan.
Harbhajan then removed Carberry before sending John Crawley back for a pair - leaving Adams unbeaten on 31 with Michael Lumb at stumps.Day two
Mark Ramprakash and Mark Butcher batted Surrey into a position of strength after the second day against Hampshire.
The third-wicket pair extended their partnership to 225, earning relegation-threatened Surrey maximum batting bonus points before Butcher was trapped lbw by James Bruce (2-86) for exactly 100.
Ramprakash added 64 to his overnight position, but soon after Butcher's dismissal he also departed - bowled by Daren Powell (3-117) for 188 to leave Surrey at 420-4.James Benning (42) and Matt Nicholson (34) helped Surrey's lower order extend that to 556 all out.
Hampshire reached 47-2 in reply with Nicholson (1-11) and Chris Schofield (1-6) each claiming a wicket.
Mark Ramprakash stroked 124 to lead Surrey to 283-2 after the first day against Hampshire at the Rose Bowl.
Ramprakash hit 16 fours and a six from 207 balls, and shared an unbroken third-wicket stand of 102 with Mark Butcher (51no).
The 37-year-old's innings allowed him to pass 30,000 first class runs and was the 94th century of his career.
It was a tough day in the field for Hampshire, who are without captain Shane Warne due to a rib injury, while Dimitri Mascarenhas, Kevin Pietersen and Chris Tremlett are all away on England duty.
In their absence Hampshire managed to pick up just two wickets - Daren Powell (1-57) removing Scott Newman (24) and Shaun Udal (1-55) accounting for Jon Batty (55).