Surrey 141-3 lead Essex by 105 runs
Kumar Sangakkara went past 900 championship runs for the season as Surrey reached tea on day three at Guildford a relatively comfortable 105 runs ahead of Essex at 141 for 3 in their second innings.
Sangakkara was on 23 not out, late cutting and pulling the spin of Dan Lawrence for dismissive boundaries from successive balls in the last over before the interval. Dom Sibley was with the great Sri Lankan on 1, with Rory Burns having departed for a solid 57 just before tea, edging Jamie Porter behind.
The other Surrey second innings wickets to fall were those of Mark Stoneman, caught in the slips for 10 off Porter shortly before lunch, and Scott Borthwick, who made 36 in a second wicket stand of 93 with Burns before clipping Simon Harmer’s off spin to mid wicket.
Earlier in the day Ryan Ten Doeschate’s brilliant 168 not out had taken Essex from their overnight 367 for 7 to 435 in reply to Surrey’s 399.
Neil Wagner went from his overnight 20 to 34, stretching the eighth wicket partnership with Ten Doeschate to 72 before he was caught at the wicket off Sam Curran.
Porter stayed long enough to help Ten Doeschate secure maximum batting points before being bowled by Stuart Meaker for 6, and last man Matt Quinn lost his middle stump to Ravi Rampaul. Ten Doeschate’s superb innings, his 26th first-class ton, came from 209 balls and the 36-year-old hit a six and 25 fours.