Surrey take charge against Notts


Surrey took charge of their Specsavers County Championship Division One match against Nottinghamshire at the Kia Oval, reaching 94 for 1 in their second innings for a lead of 235 after Gareth Batty had earlier taken 4 for 23 from 11.4 overs as the visitors were bowled out for 182.

Eight wickets fell in a dramatic morning session as Notts collapsed from 120 for 3 in reply to Surrey’s first innings 323, with Samit Patel’s comical run out for 12 featuring in the middle of a flurry of three wickets in six overs which sparked the slide.

At tea Surrey had lost Rory Burns, caught low down at backward point off Jake Ball for 34, but Arun Harinath was 39 not out and had Kumar Sangakkara with him on an unbeaten 19.

Notts began day three on 82 for 2 and soon lost Brendan Taylor for 21, leg-before to an off-cutter from Ravi Rampaul in the third over of the morning.

Riki Wessels, flashing, edged the persevering Tom Curran to Ben Foakes behind the stumps to go for 5 and, after Patel had failed to respond to Michael Lumb’s call for a single and was run out by almost the length of the pitch, Surrey captain Batty continued the Notts decline by picking up his first wicket of the innings.

Batty bowled Lumb for 48 in his fifth over with an arm ball that beat the left-hander’s attempt to cut and, in his eighth over, the veteran off spinner spun one to have Brett Hutton caught at short leg for 8.

Dan Christian remained stranded on 19 not out as Batty, bowling with great control on a surface offering him some assistance, made short work of the Notts tail.

Batty had Matt Carter caught at mid off for 8 when he tried to hit him over the top but got a leading edge, which Rampaul held running to his left, and Harry Gurney only just survived three balls from Stuart Meaker, who had removed Jake Ball’s off stump on 8, before swinging Batty to deep mid wicket.