Kyle Abbott sets Hampshire record as pace-setters Surrey stumble

Kyle Abbott claimed a five-wicket haul Getty Images

Hampshire 102 for 1 (Albert 34*, Gubbins 27*) trail Surrey 127 (Abbott 5-25, Dawson 3-21) by 25 runs

Kyle Abbott became Utilita Bowl's greatest-ever wicket-taker as Hampshire showed a chink in champions Surrey's quest for a third straight Vitality County Championship crown.

Fast bowler Abbott overtook Dimi Mascarenhas' 186 scalps at the ground as his predatory post-lunch spell of five for 25 put him on 188 home wickets since initially arriving in 2014.

The South African was supplemented by Liam Dawson's three for 21 as Surrey were rolled for 127 - although with the warning that they recovered from 15 for four to beat Worcestershire last week.

To add to Surrey, and potentially England's, woes, wicket-keeper Ben Foakes didn't keep wicket due to a back spasm, as Hampshire ground out a glacial 102 for one.

A relatively even morning session was headlined by Dawson picking off Surrey's distinguished top-order, after the visitors had chosen to bat first on a used pitch.

The left-arm spinner entered the attack in the 10th over and stuck after just four deliveries, as Dom Sibley returned a simple caught and bowled.

After a missed chance to stump Rory Burns, Ollie Pope attempted to pump Dawson over long-on but mistimed to Keith Barker at mid-on to hand the all-rounder his 300th first-class wicket for Hampshire.

His 301st came soon after when Burns turned to short leg, before Jamie Smith ended the morning session by having his stumps rearranged by debutant Michael Neser - the Australian coming in for Mohammed Abbas, who has returned home.

The interval score of 89 for four slightly flattered the hosts, but when they returned, Abbott got his tail up and demolished the middle and lower order.

Abbott became a father for the first time over the winter and also went on a fitness regime that returned him to a similar physique to the one he had as a Test bowler.

The primary reason for the latter was to have the same energy and strength at the end of a long session or day with which he had started.

It was really Felix Organ who got things rolling, as he snatched a wonderful diving catch at square-leg to dismiss Dan Lawrence. But from then on it was peak Abbott and his skilful bowling.

He nipped in to displace Foakes' middle stump, before another in-ducker found Jordan Clark's outside edge for a duck. At that point, Abbott had taken three wickets without conceding a run after lunch.

Abbott overtook Mascarenhas by getting a ball to lift on Sean Abbott, and then completed his 38th five-wicket haul of his career by cleaning up Gus Atkinson. All five wickets had come in a 34-ball burst.

Neser rounded off the innings by pegging back Cam Steel's off stump to end a Surrey collapse which had seen seven wickets fall for 38 runs. It was their lowest total since the last innings of last season - which came on this ground having secured the title the day before.

The grey skies that had partnered Surrey's innings were replaced by blue ones as Fletcha Middleton and Toby Albert - in for another back spasm victim Ali Orr - built a 51-run stand for the first wicket.

The duo took little risk, with dot balls comprising of 85 per cent of their partnership, but were split when Middleton tickled a sweep shot behind to Smith - who had replaced Foakes behind the stumps.

For Albert it was a contrast from the 51 off 33 balls and 86 off 31 balls he had scored earlier this week in T20 matches for the Second XI. In his first 100 balls he only scored 19 runs, and ended the day with a barely quicker 34 off 139 - having put on 51 with Nick Gubbins.

Surrey 3rd innings Partnerships

1st26RJ BurnsDP Sibley
2nd24DP SibleyOJ Pope
3rd13OJ PopeJL Smith
4th5BT FoakesJL Smith
5th50BT FoakesDW Lawrence
6th15BT FoakesCT Steel
7th0J ClarkBT Foakes
8th1BT FoakesSA Abbott
9th15BT FoakesAAP Atkinson
10th54BT FoakesDJ Worrall