Surrey clinch promotion at The Oval
Surrey 433 and 309 for 5 dec (Butcher 108, Brown 107*) beat Glamorgan 269 and 255
Surrey have bounced right back into Division One after riding roughshod over Glamorgan to complete a thumping 218-run victory inside three days and with it secure their return to the top flight after just one season.
Centuries from Ally Brown and Mark Butcher helped them to course into a second-innings lead of 473 before declaring on 309 for 5. Brown rattled up a quickfire 107 not out from 88 balls and Butcher was in a similar hurry to start the celebrations, blasting 108 from 139 balls, before he became one of David Harrison's three victims.
Surrey then dismissed the visitors Glamorgan for 245, with David Hemp's century going in vain. Hemp bludgeoned 155 in 177 balls but that was still far from enough to save the visitors as a triumphant Surrey attack kept up a relentless assault.
Chris Schofield led them, taking 3 for 2 in 11 balls, and he was joined in his efforts by fellow spinners Nayan Doshi and Ian Salisbury, who each bagged two. Michael Powell's was the only other innings of note for Glamorgan - he made 43 - but nothing could stop Surrey today and they will be celebrating at The Oval tonight.
"This is obviously a great result for us as this was our main aim at the start of the season," said Alan Butcher, the Surrey coach. "But we still have one more job to do and that is to make sure we finish on top of the table. It's been a fantastic allround effort by the squad and to win Division Two would be the icing on the cake." (Click here to listen to the audio).
Click here to listen to Mark Butcher's conversation with Mark Church after Surrey's memorable win.