Durham confirmed their Specsavers County Championship Division One status as their seamers helped to claim a narrow 21-run win against Surrey at The Riverside.
Surrey were set 281 to win in the second innings of their final game of the season, but fell 21 short despite Jason Roy’s 96 and Sam Curran’s unbeaten half-century.
Surrey finish off Durham but hosts fight back
Resuming 213-8 in their second innings, Durham added what turned out to be a match-winning 33 runs on Thursday morning as Brydon Carse was left stranded on 21 not out when Mark Wood was caught and bowled by Mark Footitt before Curran dismissed Graham Onions.
That left Curran with career-best figures of 7-58.
Surrey’s final innings of the year started dreadfully as they were left reeling at 11-3 when Dominic Sibley and Kumar Sangakkara were both caught off Wood for ducks and Rory Burns went to Onions after his five wickets in the first innings.
Roy and Ansari do it again
But after a 164-run stand in the first innings, Zafar Ansari and Roy were at it again as they fought back with a fourth wicket stand of 143.
Ansari hit 51 from 107 balls but was trapped in front soon after, just 15 minutes before tea.
That left Durham needing five wickets and Surrey 113 runs in what was a well poised final session and Durham got the upper hand when Roy went for 96 with the first ball of the session.
He was caught behind off Ben Stokes just four short of a second century of the match after 120 in the first innings, his 96 coming from a well-paced 132 balls with 17 fours.
Stokes turns match-winner for Durham
Stokes was to take three more wickets as he ripped through Surrey’s tail, Ben Foakes caught for 20 before Tom Curran edged behind for a second-ball duck and Gareth Batty sent back for 12.
After the 54-run partnership between Foakes and Sam Curran was broken no Surrey batsman could hang around with Curran as the last five wickets went down in just nine overs for 37 runs.
Curran’s best efforts to earn Surrey a win in their final game of the season were in vain as he finished 50 not out from 78 balls.
Stokes did the damage for Durham with 4-54 whilst Onions returned 3-62 and Wood 2-45.
Despite a catastrophic end to their season, Surrey sit fourth after an impressive first campaign back in Division One, but are likely to be overtaken by Durham who are just four points behind heading into their final game of the season away at Hampshire.