Morne Morkel took 4-36 as Surrey beat Somerset by an innings and 69 runs in a remarkable County Championship match in Guildford.
Morkel, who signed a Kolpak contract when he retired from the Proteas after the Australia series this year, had gone wicketless in the first innings, but to be fair, he had hardly got a look-in. He had bowled 12 overs when the little known Ryan Patel, a medium pacer was given the ball in the evening. He took six wickets for five runs off three overs and five balls.
The 20-year-old had only taken two wickets in his career, but Somerset had no answer as he swung the ball late at gentle medium pace after coming on in the 56th over with Somerset on 169-4. Less than 30 minutes later they had subsided to 180 all out and were following on, 279 behind Surrey’s 459.
They resumed play on day three at 18-0, and Morkel made the breakthrough with the first ball of the day, trapping the prolific Australian Matt Renshaw lbw half-forward for two. The Somerset batsmen were undone by his bounce as he went on to record 4-36 off 15.2 overs at 2.34. Jade Dernbach backed him up with 4-49.
In was a good day for Saffa pace: David Wiese picked up 4-33 as Durham folded to 211 in reply to Sussex’s 552. They made a marginally better effort in the follow-on innings, but were bowled out for 277, with Wiese taking 2-42, giving him 6-75 for the match.
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