Sam Curran took four wickets in seven balls as Surrey set up an interesting final day at The Riverside.
Curran Finished with six wickets as Durham go into day four on 213-8 after Surrey had been bowled out for 367 on day three, adding 68 to their overnight score.
Durham finish off Surrey
Graham Onions brought up his five-wicket haul by removing Curran with the first ball of the day, but Surrey’s tail wagged as Stuart Meaker and Gareth Batty put on 62 runs for the ninth wicket.
Batty was bowled by Brydon Carse for 29 whilst Meaker finished unbeaten on 35 after Carse wrapped up the innings by dismissing Mark Footitt for a duck.
That crucial ninth-wicket partnership meant Durham had a lead of just 34 after the first innings as Onions claimed his first five-wicket haul of the season with 5-90.
After Keaton Jennings hit a double-hundred in the first innings, he could only make 11 second time around as he was bowled by Meaker.
Curran claims four in quick succession
But Curran wasn’t planning on letting Durham’s lead get much bigger, as he took three wickets in an over when Scott Borthwick was caught behind for 12 and Jack Burnham followed the ball after.
England international Ben Stokes was next to go for second-ball duck and Curran had dismissed England internationals past and present when Paul Collingwood could only last three balls, caught by Rory Burns for four.
Curran had 4-4 in seven balls but Mark Stoneman held the innings together with a much-needed half-century but fell just eight short when he was trapped in front for 92 by you know who.
That was Stoneman’s last home innings as a Durham player with his move to Surrey all done and dusted and he was Curran’s sixth victim after he brought up his five-wicket haul by seeing Graham Clark given LBW for 54 after a 109-run partnership with Stoneman.
Footitt got the last wicket of the day as Stuart Poyner went for 19 and Carse will resume on day four alongside Mark Wood, both not out on zero.
Durham will resume 247 runs ahead with just two wickets in hand, but Surrey know they’re in with a chance if they get two quick wickets on Thursday morning to finish Durham off for a second time.