Honours even after day of wickets
Surrey 178 v Gloucestershire 229 and 139 for 7
Sixteen wickets fell on a dramatic day at the Brit Oval where Gloucestershire finished 190 runs ahead of Surrey with three-second innings wickets in hand in their County Championship Division Two clash.
Surrey, who started the day at 56 for 1, 173 runs behind, lost nightwatchman Chris Tremlett to the fourth ball from Gemaal Hussain but Arun Harinath and Mark Ramprakash put on 43 in 10 overs before the wickets began to tumble.
Ramprakash lost his middle stump pushing forward to Jon Lewis and Harinath, who had been dropped at second slip off Hussain on his way to 51 off 89 balls with eight fours, was caught behind off James Franklin.
Rory Hamilton-Brown lost his off stump padding up to his fifth ball from Steve Kirby, who then removed Usman Afzaal's middle and off stumps as he tried to drive. Chris Schofield and Stuart Meaker were caught behind in successive overs from Lewis and to complete a miserable morning for Surrey Iftikhar Anjum was run out trying to complete a third run in the last over before lunch.
Seven wickets had gone down for 42 runs in 16 overs before Jade Dernbach joined Steven Davies in a last-wicket stand of 37 which trimmed Gloucestershire's lead to 51. Chris Dent and Jonathan Batty extended that by 37 but then the Surrey seamers began to hit back. Meaker claimed Dent leg before and Dernbach had Hamish Marshall caught behind off a lifter.
Alex Gidman, the Gloucestershire captain, tried to regain the initiative by hitting four fours and a six in his 24 but he was then leg before playing across the line against Iftikhar. Gloucestershire had lost two wickets in two balls when Batty, desperate to do well against the county that released him last season, was leg before to Chris Tremlett and worse was to come when Meaker, the South Africa-born seamer playing in only his 10th first-class match, took three for two in 14 balls.
He had Chris Taylor leg, before, Steven Snell caught behind first ball and Lewis also caught behind to have Gloucestershire reeling at 139 for 7 when bad light stopped play. Meaker had taken four for 29 in 11.2 overs, the best haul of his brief career, and given Surrey the chance to claim their first championship victory of the season and only their second in three years