Rampant Roach revels in just rewards

02 May 2021 22:37:45 GMTPlus10

Kemar Roach said it was a "fantastic feeling" to record career-best first-class figures in Surrey's thrashing of Hampshire in the County Championship at the Oval this weekend.

Roach took 8-40 for Surrey as Hampshire were bowled out for 179 in their second innings with the Windies bowler claiming his best ever figures for both an innings and a match.

Hampshire were also bowled out for only 92 in their first innings - with Roach claiming two scalps - before Surrey declared with a mammoth total of 560-7.

Hashim Amla was the star of the show with the bat, firing 215 before retiring injured, while Ollie Pope added 131 to the total.

And Hampshire crumbled in their response with Roach coming to life to help inflict the travelling side's heaviest innings defeat in 110 years.

The loss by an innings and 289 runs has put a dent in a decent start to the season for Hampshire while Surrey claimed their first County Championship win of the term in emphatic fashion.

Speaking after the thrashing, bowler Roach said: "It was overcast conditions so the ball was going to do something once you put it in the right areas and stayed strong at the crease.

"The guys worked incredibly well on the ball and the information I got on the field about different batsmen and their weaknesses worked fantastically.

"I bowled a lot of overs in the previous two games and didn't get a lot of rewards, so to get eight - and ten in the game - is a fantastic feeling."

Meanwhile, West Indies are 8/1 to win the T20 World Cup 2021.

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