Colin de Grandhomme makes the grand statement with career-best 174 not out


Hampshire in total control as tail piles on runs before Keith Barker routs top order

Surrey 42 for 4 (Barker 3-15) trail Hampshire 488 (de Grandhomme 174*, Organ 67) by 446 runs

A magnificent 174 not out from Colin de Grandhomme put Hampshire in full control of the LV= Insurance County Championship Group Two clash against Surrey at the Ageas Bowl.
The New Zealand Test all-rounder became only the eighth Hampshire player to score a debut first-class century as Surrey’s under-manned attack, still missing injured Kiwi quick Kyle Jamieson, were put to the sword by an inspired lower order who added 259 for the last three wickets to score 488 having started the day on 229 for 7.
Surrey were 42 for 4 at the close following a fine spell of bowling from Keith Barker who posted figures of 3 for 15 from 10 overs.
Former South Africa batsman Hashim Amla – a double centurion when the sides last met in May at the Kia Oval – was unbeaten on 24 and Will Jacks 1 not out before rain and bad light stopped play with Surrey needing another 296 runs just to avoid the follow-on.

De Grandhomme, who came to the crease on day one when his side were struggling at 135 for 4, was in imperious touch with the bat, hitting 17 fours and three sixes on his way to his highest first-class score in a memorable first red-ball appearance.

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