Left-arm seamer dismisses Amla and Stoneman as Hampshire press for crucial win
Surrey 72 (Barker 4-24) and 6 for 2 trail Hampshire 488 by 410 runs
Hampshire will hope rain can stay away from the Ageas Bowl on day four of the LV = County Championship clash as they push for a crucial victory over Surrey.
Showers over Southampton kept the players off the field until 5pm, but Surrey, who resumed on 42 for 4, ended a truncated day on 6 for 2 having followed-on after being bundled out for 72 in response to Hampshire’s 488.
Two scheduled restarts had earlier been scuppered due to brief but heavy downpours that drenched the outfield. But Hampshire more than made up for that lost time as Surrey lost 6 for 30 in just under an hour and were immediately sent back into bat again by stand-in skipper Kyle Abbott.
Hashim Amla, a double centurion when the sides met at The Kia Oval in May, then fell to a peach of a delivery from Barker, who finished with 4 for 21, that uprooted his leg stump with the former South Africa Test batter top-scoring with 29.
Jordan Clark and Rikki Clarke were both dismissed cheaply by Wheal with Abbott striking again to trap Jamie Overton lbw for four.
Abbott then wrapped up the innings when he diverted a Kyle Jamieson shot onto the stumps of Virdi, leaving Surrey well short of a batting point.
Victory for Hampshire, who sit third in Group Two will greatly enhance their hopes of a top-two finish ahead next week’s meeting with second-placed Gloucestershire at Cheltenham. Surrey’s, meanwhile, are hanging by a thread.