Stuart Meaker haul puts Surrey in charge of Northants

LV County Championship Division Two, Northampton
Close, day two: Surrey 269 & 115-3, Northants 194
Northants 3pts, Surrey 5pts
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Stuart Meaker took five Northants wickets as Surrey seized control on day two at Northampton.

Rob Newton hit 80 as the home side reached 178-3 but they collapsed to 194 all out as Meaker posted career-best figures of 5-37.

That gave Surrey a first-innings lead of 75 and they strengthened their position, moving to 115-3 in their second innings.

Steve Davies was still there at the close, grinding out 41 from 91 balls.


BBC London 94.9's Mark Church

"An inspired spell of bowling from Stuart Meaker turned the second day on its head at Wantage Road.

"Meaker took four wickets in seven balls without conceding a run as Northamptonshire went from 178-3 to 194 all out in the afternoon session. Meaker bowled with pace and hostility and finished with deserved career-best figures of 5-37.

"His efforts meant Surrey led by 75 and Steven Davies then guided Surrey to 115-3 at stumps - a lead of 190 heading into the third day for Surrey and a fascinating conclusion to this critical game in prospect."