Kumar Sangakkara makes history for Surrey with fifth consecutive century

• Sri Lanka legend sees visitors recover from 31 for five
• Finishes the day unbeaten on 177 at Chelmsford

With Essex top of the table, there is a chirp about Chelmsford right now, and it only became louder when Jamie Porter and Matt Quinn, destroyers of Hampshire last time out, reduced Surrey to 31 for five. But, like Lancashire, Warwickshire and Middlesex before them, Essex met Kumar Sangakkara.

They were undone by something old and something new. There was a 61st first-class century for Sangakkara and almost a first for Sam Curran, 21 years his junior. Sangakkara’s was his third in eight days, the biggest and, given the circumstances, the best of five in five first-class innings (the first man to do so for Surrey and the equal of a championship record); only CB Fry, Mike Procter and Don Bradman have scored six on the spin. When he retires at summer’s end he will leave as big a hole in Surrey’s batting lineup as he will in the game at large: cherish him.

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