County Championship: Arun Harinath and Steve Davies make Durham attack toil

Arun Harinath
Arun Harinath has scored 275 runs in just five innings for Surrey so far this season
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Kia Oval
Surrey v Durham, day one
Surrey 371-7: Harinath 96, Davies 87, Roy 64
Durham: Yet to bat
Surrey 4 pts, Durham 2 pts
Match scorecard

A good all-round batting performance gave Surrey the edge against Durham on day one at The Oval.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes rattled the hosts early on as he bowled Rory Burns (15), after Surrey chose to bat.

Arun Harinath (96) and Steve Davies (87) shared a 135-run third-wicket partnership before both fell in consecutive overs to Chris Rushworth.

Despite the setback, Jason Roy (64) and Zafar Ansari's century stand saw Surrey reach 371-7 at the close.

Surrey's decision to bat first on a sunny day in London paid dividends, despite the early loss of Burns and Kumar Sangakkara playing on cheaply by Brydon Carse.

Davies passed 10,000 first-class runs and hit 11 fours before slicing Rushworth to Keaton Jennings at gully, and Harinath hit the Durham seamer straight to Mark Stoneman at mid-off 10 balls later.

The 112-run fifth-wicket partnership between Roy (64) and Ansari (41) helped the home side pile on the runs against the toiling Durham fielders.

However, the new ball brought three late wickets, as Graham Onions dismissed Roy before Ansari and Tom Curran were both caught behind off Stokes and Carse respectively.

Surrey batsman Arun Harinath told BBC Radio London:

"We played well for many parts of the game but we could have put Durham really under pressure.

"A lot of people got starts and we got ourselves out rather than anything else. With another partnership we could go well towards where we want to be.

"I think I've played well for the last 12 months or so. It's just a case of converting that into runs and luckily I've had the opportunity to do it and hopefully I can keep going."

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