Surrey edge Day Two at the Kia Oval
Surrey vs Lancashire - Day Two Highlights
Surrey captain Rory Burns hit a dogged 70 to bat his side into the box seat by the mid-point of their Specsavers County Championship clash with Lancashire at the Kia Oval.
Burns dug in for almost three-and-a-half hours on a testing pitch in SE11 to help the hosts reach 197 for four at stumps for a useful 161-run lead in this experimental pink-ball Division One game.
With fifth-wicket partners Sam Curran (27*) and Ben Foakes (20*) in tandem, Surrey will have power to add on day three when Lancashire will have to wait a further 23 overs before the second new ball becomes available.
Starting their second innings shortly after lunch, Surrey lost Mark Stoneman, the deposed England opener, whose miserable run of form continued when he fell into Tom Bailey’s bumper trap. With only one 50 to his name all summer, the left-hander hooked Bailey’s well-directed bouncer into the hands of Matt Parkinson at long leg to go for 16.
Then, on the cusp of tea, Arun Harinath, pushed a delivery from Steven Croft toward point and set off, Burns turned down the single but Harinath was easily beaten by Parkinson’s run out throw to the striker’s end that made it 73 for two.
Third-wicket partners Burns and Aaron Finch, the robust Australian right-hander who received his Surrey cap prior to the start of play, then joined forces to add 41 as the final session started under the lights.
Finch moved into double figures when he deposited one from Parkinson into the OCS Stand for the first six of the day, only to repeat the dose in the spinner’s next over.
Finch contributed 32 before falling lbw to Graham Onions. Jumping across his stumps on the back foot and working across the line, he played around a straight one angling in probably toward leg stump.
Burns, whose batting has improved markedly under the weighty responsibility of captaincy, might have gone for 44 when Steven Croft downed a knee-high chance in the cordon off the bowling of Onions, but his innings was otherwise faultless on a tricky pitch. The skipper went on to post his seventh 50 of the campaign from 104 balls and with four fours.
Burns’s fun ended after 139 balls and only eight overs from the close when the left-hander dragged a back-foot force against Josh Bohannon onto his stumps to go for 70 with six fours.
At the start of day two, Bohannon posted a maiden championship half-century to give Lancashire a precious 36-run first innings lead after they succumbed for 247 shortly after Monday’s lunch break.
The 21-year-old right-hander from Bolton, faced 101 balls and hit seven fours on his championship and first-class debut in posting his 50 just before the lunch break.
Lancashire, who started the day with a deficit of 77, started brightly with a stand of 47 in 18.2 overs between Bohannon and Shiv Chanderpaul that ended in a needless run out.
Having batted almost three hours for his 45, the former West Indies veteran nurdled a rearing delivery from Rikki Clarke toward cover point and pushed off looking for a risky single, Bohannon rightly sent him back but Chanderpaul lost the race as Burns ran in to whip off the bails.
The visitors had edged 14-runs into the lead when an eighth-wicket stand of 49 between Bohannon and Joe Mennie ended. The Australian, with his score on 26, aimed to cut against Amar Virdi, the off-spinner, only to edge through to keeper Ben Foakes and give Surrey their second success of the afternoon.
Bohannan went leg before nine balls after the resumption having added a single to his lunch score when, in aiming to drive against Virdi, he was beaten in the flight by a dipping delivery bowled from around the wicket that thudded into the pad when flush in front.
Then, three runs short of their second batting bonus point, Onions drove loosely to short extra cover to gift Ryan Patel his first wicket of the match. Morne Morkel and Rikki Clarke were the pick of the Surrey pacemen with identical figures of two for 42, while Virdi finished with two for 54.