Middlesex take control of Surrey

LV County Championship Division Two, Lord's
Close of play, day two: Middlesex 445, Surrey 203 & 34-2
Middlesex 8pts, Surrey 4pts
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Surrey are staring down the barrel of a derby defeat after Middlesex again dominated on day two at Lord's.

After wicketkeeper John Simpson eventually fell for 143, the hosts lost their last five wickets for 38 to be bowled out for 445.

The visitors then slumped to 19-4 and, despite an unbeaten 98 from Tom Maynard, were bowled out for 203.

With Surrey following on, Steve Finn struck twice to leave them 34-2 at the close, still 208 behind.

Simpson and Ollie Rayner (35) took their sixth-wicket stand to 65 in the morning session but, when Simpson was lbw to Gareth Batty, Middlesex quickly subsided.

Two wickets apiece from Finn and Corey Collymore soon had Surrey in trouble before Maynard and Rory Hamilton-Brown (47) led a fightback of sorts.

But Maynard, who made his maiden first-class century against Glamorgan last week, would run out of partners as Toby Roland-Jones and Rayner combined to dismiss the tail.

In Surrey's second dig, Finn then removed Michael Brown and Zander de Bruyn in successive deliveries.

But Finn's fellow Ashes tourist Steven Davies survived the hat-trick ball.

Davies, in the company of Gary Wilson, survived until stumps, but Surrey face an uphill battle to make Middlesex bat again, let alone save the game.


BBC London's Kevin Hand:

"Middlesex's bowlers proved that their Surrey counterparts let the hosts off the hook on the first day.

"445 could be seen as 200 above par on this pitch and, although the final five Middlesex first innings wickets were wrapped up before lunch, the damage had been done.

"Steven Finn looked a class above with the ball but was well backed up by Corey Collymore, Toby Roland-Jones and Ollie Rayner.

"Surrey's batsman succumbed to good bowling and scoreboard pressure, so will feel slightly let down by their bowlers. It's hard to see how they get anything from this game now."

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