Day Two: Surrey v Lancashire Match Report
Four Surrey batsmen posted half-centuries as the hosts enjoyed a fruitful second day at the Oval to put Lancashire under pressure at the halfway stage in this Specsavers County Championship match.
Lancashire fightback on Day Two against Surrey
Kumar Sangakkara, with 67, built on the imposing platform laid by openers Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley as they shared 160 for the first wicket in reply to 287.
Lancashire at least enjoyed success with the ball during the final two sessions, taking three wickets in each as Surrey closed on 354-6 from 113 overs, a lead of 67.
Three of those came during the first half of the afternoon when Kyle Jarvis, who was the pick of the bowlers with 2-61 from 20, struck in successive overs.
The trio of wickets were a product of some tight bowling from the visitors, who had seen Jarvis and Nathan Buck share three maidens at the start of the afternoon and only concede four runs from the first five overs of the session.
That left Surrey at 208-3 in the 66th over before Sangakkara hit leg-side sixes off spinners Arron Lilley, who also claimed two wickets, and Simon Kerrigan on the way to a 47-ball fifty.
The Sri Lankan overseas star had reached 58 at tea, where Surrey reached at 274-3 after 80 overs, trailing by only 13 runs.
Burns had earlier made 88 and Sibley 56.
Sibley chopped on to Jarvis, who then had Burns caught behind in his next over as the score fell to 163-2 in the 57th over.
Off-spinner Lilley later had Arun Harinath lbw playing forward in the 66th.
Lancashire took the new ball immediately after tea, and it brought the wicket of Sangakkara in the 84th over as the left-hander slashed Buck to Haseeb Hameed at gully as the score fell to 285-4.
Buck broke a fourth-wicket stand of 77 inside 18 overs between Sangakkara and Steven Davies, the fourth man to reach 50 as he made 59.
Davies’s fifty came off 96 balls with six fours, by which time Surrey had gone beyond 300.
But they were soon five down when Ben Foakes was trapped lbw by Luke Procter in the 96th over as the score slipped to 317-5.
Davies and Sam Curran, who hit three fours off Procter in the 102nd over, took Surrey to the verge of 350.
But the former pulled Lilley to mid-wicket in the 106th over as the score fell to 348-6, handing the visitors a second bowling point.
They will end the match with an overall haul of four bonus points.
Sam Curran will begin tomorrow on 28 with brother Tom yet to get off the mark.
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