Kumar Sangakkara bid farewell to the Kia Oval after helping his side secure a comprehensive 6 wicket win over Somerset in the Specsavers County Championship Division One on Friday.
The champion county, Essex completed their ninth and the most remarkable win of the season by restricting Hampshire to 76.
For Surrey, Kumar Sangakkara scored his eighth century, lifting the side to a total of 433 in the first innings. Sanga was dismissed for 157 in 238 deliveries. Somerset only made 269 in the first innings.
In the second innings, the visitors made 306, Meaker and Batty picked three a piece for Surrey. Chasing a total of 143, Surrey got there with 6 wickets to spare. Sanga contributed with 35 off 47 deliveries.
Kumar Sangakkara was given a honorary life membership of Surrey before he made his final appearance at the Oval.
“For sides to evolve and grow, you need new ideas and new players coming through, and Surrey has a great opportunity next year to look for someone who can make them grow stronger. I think I’m not that guy, no matter how many runs I make. There’s enough homegrown English talent to be a real force,” said Sangakkara.
“I can’t ask for anything more than to leave here with a win, that was outstanding. This is an incredible place. I’ve been made to feel so welcome. I’m happy that I could repay people here with some performances. First-class cricket here has a very different feel to it. The county professional is a special breed of person, and I have found a completely new respect for county cricket, and the game as a whole. The players and the fans, that suddenly hit me, and it only hit me when I retired,” he added.
Kumar Sangakkara speaks to BBC Radio London after finishing his final match at the Kia Oval.
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