London - Australia's George Bailey led from the front on
Tuesday, with the Hampshire captain's century the centrepiece of a huge total
against Surrey in the First Division of the English County Championship.
Bailey's 161 was the third and largest hundred in the
visitors' imposing first-innings score of 648 for seven declared on the second
day of four at The Oval.
Title-chasers Hampshire also saw former Zimbabwe all-rounder
Sean Ervine make 83 and Ian Holland an unbeaten 58.
Surrey closed on 113 for one, with the in-form Mark Stoneman
out for 57.
There was an even bigger total in the Second Division as
Sean Dickson's triple century took Kent to 701 for seven declared against
Northamptonshire at Beckenham.
The 25-year-old South Africa-born opener became the first
Kent batsman since the Second World War to pass 300 while his partnership of
382 with former England batsman Joe Denly, who scored 182, was a club record
for any wicket.
Having started the day on 210, Dickson was eventually out
for 318 - having hit 31 fours and three sixes in nearly eight-and-a half hours
at the crease.
Meanwhile South Africa leg-spinner Imran Tahir ensured
batsmen were not the only ones enjoying themselves on Tuesday by taking five
for 98 as Durham were reduced to 274 for eight in reply to Derbyshire's 368 in
a Second Division clash at Chesterfield.