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A look at everything that happened on the final day of play between Gloucestershire and Surrey at Bristol in the LV= County Championship.

WHAT HAPPENED

Graeme van Buuren’s third century for Gloucestershire, in only 94 balls, steered them to an eight-wicket victory over Surrey at Bristol and a first win in the fixture since 2011.

Van Buuren’s unbeaten 110 and 91 not out from captain Chris Dent saw the Glosters canter to their target of 228 in only 38 overs with an unbroken third wicket partnership of 193.

Ben Foakes’s 133 had given Surrey hope of saving the game but Gloucestershire took their final five second-innings wickets for only 15 runs to leave 63 overs for the chase.

Dent anchored the pursuit with his second half-century of the match, in 71 balls, but van Buuren’s hundred with 15 fours and two sixes was the key hand.

A thick edge from Jamie Overton flew just wide of gully before he reached fifty in only 44 balls and he swept Virdi for four to raise the hundred partnership.

After a brief rain delay he reached his first hundred since 2016 by swatting Clark through midwicket before Dent carved Overton to third man.

They were initially frustrated in their victory push as Foakes and Jordan Clark extended their sixth-wicket stand to 131 in the morning session to push the lead beyond 200.

Foakes made his 11th first-class century and fourth against Gloucestershire, this in 187 balls with 16 fours.

Clark’s seventh boundary, driven though cover off Ryan Higgins, brought him fifty in 100 balls as Surrey’s hopes of escaping up the M4 with a draw grew.

Matt Taylor finally found the breakthrough with one that nipped in from round the wicket to trim Clark’s leg bail before full balls from Higgins won lbws against Jamie Overton and Gus Atkinson.

Foakes then fell to a superb catch from wicketkeeper James Bracey diving low to his right and when a moment’s indecision allowed Tom Lace to run out Amar Virdi with a direct hit from point, Surrey had crashed to 333 all out and the chase was afoot.

Bracey lifted Virdi to mid-off and Lace was taken at third slip before the match-winning stand between van Buuren and Dent began.

SCORECARD

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TEAM LINEUPS

Surrey XI: Burns, Stoneman, Amla, Pope, Foakes, Smith, Clark, Overton, Atkinson, Topley, Virdi

Gloucestershire XI: Bracey, Dent, Lace, van Buuren, Hankins, Higgins, Taylor, Scott, Payne, Taylor, Shaw

ELSEWHERE IN GROUP 2

Middlesex and Somerset played out a thriller at Lord’s, resulting in a four wicket victory for the visitors.

Hampshire recorded a huge victory over Leicestershire, beating them by an innings.

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