County Championship Divison One: Rayner puts Surrey on the back-foot at The Oval

After Day Two of the latest round of Specsavers County Championship Division One games, it’s all square at Trent Bridge as Nottinghamshire are 57 behind Warwickshire, whereas Middlesex are on top against Surrey and Yorkshire and Lancashire have work to do in their first innings.

County Championship Divison One: Rayner puts Surrey on the back-foot at The Oval
It was a glorious day at the Oval (photo: Twitter)

Surrey - Middlesex

Ollie Rayner claimed the wickets of Surrey’s top three Rory Burns, Arun Harinath and Kumar Sangakkara to leave Middlesex 134-6 at the end of Day Two at The Oval. After resuming on 307-7 on Monday morning, Middlesex added 88 to their overnight score as James Harris fell to Tom Curran for 9, before James Franklin was bowled by Gareth Batty for 32.  However Middlesex’s tail wagged and a 68-run tenth wicket partnership between Toby Roland-Jones (44*) and Tim Murtagh (24) gave Middlesex a first innings score of 395.

After a steady start, Rayner struck twice in the 21st over to remove Burns and then Harinath in the space of three balls for 19 and 20 respectively, before taking the wicket of Sangakkara ten overs later to reduce the hosts to 62-3. Jason Roy was the only bright spark for Surrey as he hit 47, but Surrey will resume 261 runs behind on Wednesday.

Nottinghamshire - Warwickshire

It’s finely poised at Trent Bridge as Nottinghamshire finished off the Warwickshire innings swiftly as Harry Gurney removed Jeetan Patel as Warwickshire added just one run to their overnight total.

In reply, Greg Smith was the first to go for Notts for 26, before a 98-run partnership between Steven Mullaney and Michael Lumb gave Notts a solid platform.  Mullaney was caught off Chris Woakes for 56, whereas Lumb went on to make 108 before he fell to Jeetan Patel with the score at 315-7 after an important 68-run partnership unfolded between Lumb and Samit Patel as the latter made 26, before Chris Read fell in the last over of the day for 22 to leave Notts 316-7.

Somerset - Yorkshire

Yorkshire will resume 435 runs behind Somerset at Taunton after the hosts racked up a mammoth 562-7 declared as James Hildreth made an exquisite 166 accompanied by 94 from all-rounder Peter Trego in a 199-run partnership, who fell to Adil Rashid six runs short of his ton. Jamie Overton came in and smashed 23 from 10 balls that included four fours and a six, meanwhile Rashid finished with four of the six wickets.

Yorkshire started with a 100 run opening stand of their own as Alex Lees made 33, as Adam Lyth (80*) and Will Rhodes guided The White Rose through to stumps at 127-1.

Durham - Lancashire

Lancashire have six wickets in hand to make up their 206-run deficit to Durham. As Durham resumed on 341-6, Tom Bailey earned his maiden first-class five-wicket haul as he took the wicket of James Weighell. Paul Collingwood was the ninth to go for 97, as Barry McCarthy made 37 to guide the hosts to 411 all out.

After finding themselves 21-2 thanks to two early strikes to Weighell who removed Karl Brown and Luke Procter, Haseeb Hameed and Alviro Petersen made 74 and 61 in a 104-run stand before Hameed fell to Scott Borthwick five overs from the close of play, but Steven Croft will restart on 31 not out on Tuesday morning as Lancashire are 205-4 as it stands.