Surrey 668 for 7 dec (Brown 215, Clarke 165, Butcher 105) beat Leicestershire 251 and 259 (Robinson 106) by an innings and 158 runs
Races against time at the Oval on a Saturday have become something of a feature of late. Worcestershire, of course, recently chased down a mammoth 285 inside in 32 overs.
Surrey had no fears of killing off Leicestershire today, and they duly removed the last four wickets for 67 runs to complete a thumping win by an innings and 158 runs. But, like the rest of the country, they had another match on their minds.
As Ian Salisbury confirmed just as play began: "We want to do it before the football." In the end they had an hour to spare.
He himself made two fairly swift incisions, removing Leicestershire's vital organ Darren Robinson who feathered through for 106 and then Stuart Broad for 12 with a screaming return catch, held low. By this time Leicestershire were clinging on by a sinew, at 259 for 9.
Salisbury then had a hand in the final wicket, catching Mohammad Asif for a duck off Nayan Doshi to wrap up proceedings. Mohammad Akram had made the first cut of the day, removing David Masters for 12, a convincing lbw (292 for 7).
Salisbury finished with 4 for 64 from 33 overs and headed in delighted with a job well done and time to put his feet up ahead of kick-off.