Lancashire 91-5 v Surrey
Mark Footitt was again among the wickets as Surrey maintained their impressive start to the new Specsavers County Championship season by reducing Lancashire to 91 for 5 by lunch on the opening day of their Division One match at the Kia Oval.
The in-form Footitt claimed the scalps of Alex Davies, new Lancashire captain Liam Livingstone and Dane Vilas in a fiery burst from the Pavilion End. At the interval the 31-year-old had figures of 9-2-29-3.
Sam Curran and Tom Curran also took a wicket apiece as Lancashire struggled under leaden skies after opting to bat first and, by the time the sun appeared as lunch neared they were in some disarray.
The younger Curran brother, Sam, made the initial breakthrough with just his second ball, in the game’s second over and without a run on the board, when Haseeb Hameed aimed a drive and thin-edged to Ben Foakes behind the stumps.
Tom Curran, in a typically probing new ball spell from the Vauxhall End, then made one bounce a little more than Luke Procter expected to have the left-hander smartly held to his left at second slip by Scott Borthwick, for 12.
And the pacy Footitt, fresh from the blistering 6 for 14 which dismantled Warwickshire’s batting in Surrey’s opening round win at the Oval earlier this week, produced a fine inswinger in his third over to have opener Alex Davies leg-before for 26.
Even more was to come, though, as in his seventh over – the 22nd of the innings – Footitt saw Livingstone chip tamely to mid wicket before, two balls later, having Dane Vilas lbw for 4.
At least an unbroken stand of 24 between Shivnarine Chanderpaul, who had spent 39 balls over his 12 not out, and Ryan McLaren, unbeaten on 9, took Lancashire to the interval without sustaining any further damage.