Surrey v Middlesex: Late bowling fightback on day two keeps visitors in touch
|Specsavers County Championship Division One, The Kia Oval (day two):|
|Middlesex 247 & 15-0|
|Surrey 280: Roy 79, Foakes 73; Roland-Jones 4-66|
|Middlesex trail Surrey by 18 runs|
|Surrey 5 pts, Middlesex 4 pts|
Surrey failed to capitalise on fifties from Jason Roy and Ben Foakes as they were bowled out for 280 by Middlesex on day two at The Oval.
The hosts were 231-4 when a fifth-wicket partnership of 125 between Roy (79) and Foakes (73) was broken by the part-time spin of Adam Voges.
England seamer Toby Roland-Jones (4-66) took the final two wickets, leaving Surrey with a first-innings lead of 33.
Visitors Middlesex reached 15-0 when bad light forced an early finish.
Surrey nightwatchman Stuart Meaker (42) added 63 for the third wicket with Scott Borthwick before Roy and Foakes attempted to build a sizeable lead for Surrey, who are fourth in Division One.
The pair accelerated during the afternoon session, with Roy's 91-ball innings including three sixes, but another attacking shot led to Roy's dismissal when he miscued an aggressive shot to Roland-Jones at mid-off.
After that, Foakes' departure began a Surrey collapse of five wickets for 23 runs.
Roland-Jones, who was left out of the England side for the second Test against West Indies at Headingley, added two more scalps to the two wickets he took late on day one to register his best Championship figures of the season.
Surrey batsman Ben Foakes told BBC Radio London:
"It was a tough wicket to score on. They've got an attack where you get challenged from all areas. Throughout the innings they'll be making the ball do something different so you have to be on your guard.
"I've got a lot of starts throughout the year and it's just trying to convert that. That's why I was a bit frustrated at getting out when I did.
"The batting conditions are challenging. But Stuart Meaker did an awesome job as nightwatchman."
Middlesex and England fast bowler Toby Roland-Jones told BBC Radio London:
"I don't think any batsman ever really felt in on that pitch, but obviously both Jason Roy and Ben Foakes played very nicely in that middle session.
"As a result, it put the pressure back on to us as bowlers to execute our lines and lengths. But we managed to bowl well with the second new ball.
"We got the key wicket of Foakes, through James Franklin, shortly before that new ball became available. There's a bit of variable bounce out there too now."