County Championship: Middlesex dominate day two as Surrey collapse with bat

Ollie Rayner Middlesex
Middlesex spinner Ollie Rayner has taken 207 first-class wickets
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Kia Oval
Surrey v Middlesex, day two
Middlesex 395: Gubbins 91, Malan 58, Robson 53; T Curran 4-113
Surrey 134-6: Roy 47; Rayner 3-44
Middlesex lead by 261 runs
Surrey 3 pts, Middlesex 5 pts
Match scorecard

Surrey endured a poor day with both bat and ball as Middlesex took control of their County Championship game.

Middlesex began day two on 298-7 and a last-wicket stand of 68 between Toby Roland-Jones (44 not out) and Tim Murtagh helped them up to 395.

Surrey then fell to 69-4 as Ollie Rayner took the first three wickets, including Kumar Sangakkara for 14.

Jason Roy led a brief recovery with 47, but his dismissal late on saw Surrey close on 134-6, trailing by 261.

Middlesex looked set for a smaller first-innings total at The Oval when James Harris and James Franklin were both out in quick succession to leave the visitors 327-9.

However, Roland-Jones struck four fours and three sixes in his 56-ball knock and Murtagh survived for more than an hour for his 24 to frustrate Surrey.

The hosts looked well set at 40-0, but spinner Rayner (3-44) dismissed openers Arun Harinath and Rory Burns in the space of four balls.

Sri Lanka great Sangakkara went to the crease having scored 531 runs in eight innings, but edged Rayner to Murtagh for a rare failure.

The wickets of Steven Davies, Roy to the part-time spin of Dawid Malan, and James Burke before stumps left Surrey deep in trouble.

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