Ravichandran Ashwin has now taken 17 wickets in three matches for Nottinghamshire
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Trent Bridge, Nottingham (day one):
Surrey 240: Elgar 59, Smith 42; Ashwin 6-69, Patterson-White 3-62
Nottinghamshire 20-1: Morkel 1-2
Surrey (1 pt) lead Nottinghamshire (3 pts) by 220 runs

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin took 6-69 as Nottinghamshire bowled out Surrey for 240 on the opening day of their match at Trent Bridge.

The 32-year-old trapped openers Rory Burns and Ryan Patel lbw, only for Dean Elgar (59) and Jamie Smith (42) to rebuild by guiding Surrey to 126-2.

But Ashwin dismissed both in quick succession to spark a collapse.

All 10 Surrey wickets fell to spin, with Liam Patterson-White taking 3-62, before the hosts closed on 20-1.

Opener Ben Slater was the only casualty for Nottinghamshire, who have struggled with the bat all season and were 38 points adrift at the bottom of Division One prior to this match.

The introduction of Ashwin has, at least, provided a far greater potency with the ball and his class told on the first day against the Brown Caps.

Brought on to bowl in the eighth over, he trapped Patel in front with his fourth ball and then dismissed Burns for 22 in the same fashion midway through the morning session.

While Nottinghamshire’s seamers toiled – including England’s Stuart Broad, who finished with figures of 0-34 from his 11 overs – spinners Ashwin, Patterson-White and Samit Patel (1-25) all posed a threat throughout.

The only wicket to fall to pace was that of Slater, who was dismissed by South African paceman Morne Morkel.

Nottinghamshire spinner Liam Patterson-White:

“As a team we’ve had a very positive day. It’s almost the same as at Taunton, with all 10 wickets falling to spin. We knew it was going to turn but we didn’t quite expect it to be as much as that, so we’re delighted to bowl them all out.

“There was more personal expectation today. When I started my spell, I felt a little bit more under pressure, like I had to perform.

“I spoke to Ravi (Ashwin) and he said that I’d earnt the right to bowl, so be relaxed, tie up an end and the wickets will come.

“Eventually he broke through, getting a first wicket in his 12th over, followed by two more.

“Everyone said I’d deserved it, I felt personally that I hadn’t but sometimes it goes your way and today it did again.”

Surrey opener Dean Edgar told BBC Radio London:

“It was a good day. I think we would have liked to get to 250 for the extra batting point but we’ve got the runs on the board.

“As we could see, the nature of cricket here was quite slow today and we’ve now got about five spinners who are going to put their hands up for a bowl tomorrow and try and bowl Notts out.

“I’m glad we’ve got the runs and hopefully we can have a lead going into when we bat for a second time.”

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