Surrey v Middlesex: Surrey centurions set up last day

Cricket
County Championship Division One, The Oval
Close, day three: Surrey 144 & 341, Middlesex 232 & 45-1
Middlesex 4pts, Surrey 3pts
Match scorecard

Surrey's Rory Burns and Arun Harinath both hit centuries in the London derby with Middlesex to set up a potentially exciting final day at The Oval.

Resuming on 86-1, still two runs behind in their second innings, Burns (121) and Harinath (119) put on 217 for the second wicket to help Surrey reach 341.

Paceman Toby Roland-Jones took 5-39 to ensure Middlesex got back on top.

Having reached 45-1 at the close, the visitors will now start the final day still needing another 209 to win.

VIEW FROM THE COMMENTARY BOX

BBC Radio London's Mark Church:

"A day that Rory Burns and Arun Harinath will not forget in a hurry.

"Burns played extremely well as he recorded his maiden Championship hundred and, for Harinath, the hard work finally paid off as he made a deserved maiden first-class century when it really mattered.

"Their efforts saw Surrey set Middlesex a victory target of 254 and, just before the close, Gareth Batty claimed the prize wicket of Chris Rogers to set up a fascinating final day.

BBC Radio London's Kevin Hand:

"Surrey have the edge going into the final day, with a more than tricky target set for Middlesex.

"Having taken seven wickets between them in the Middlesex first innings, the Surrey spinners are again set to dominate on the last day.

"But it was a solitary partnership that changed Surrey's fortunes with the bat and Middlesex hope that similar resolve will see them over the line."

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