Warwickshire 39-4 trail Surrey 454 by 385
Mark Footitt removed both Jonathan Trott and Ian Bell for ducks in the same over, just before tea, and then added Sam Hain for another nought to send Warwickshire reeling to 39 for 4 in reply to Surrey’s 454.
The fiery left-arm paceman had Trott leg-before, shuffling across his stumps, and Bell squared up and taken at second slip by Scott Borthwick three balls later in a dramatic 15th over after Sam Curran had nipped out Alex Mellor for 18. Footitt, in his next over, then had Sam Hain also caught by Borthwick, pushing weakly at a ball angled across him, in a spell of three for nought in nine balls. Overall, Footitt had figures of 3 for 3 in 3.4 overs at the interval.
Curran had struck with the final ball of his sixth over, the 12th of the innings, drawing the left-handed Mellor forward to see him edge low to Dom Sibley at third slip.
The spectacular pre-tea burst of four wickets put Surrey totally in command after Kumar Sangakkara, with 71, had earlier entertained another good-sized Kia Oval crowd on a sunny second day in the Specsavers County Championship Division One match.
But a hint that batsmen might not continue to have things all their own way came when Surrey struggled to accelerate following Sangakkara’s exit, leg-before to the persevering Oliver Hannon-Dalby at 378 for 4, and with fellow seamer Chris Wright the chief beneficiary as he finished with figures of 5 for 113.
Off spinner Jeetan Patel also picked up a couple of late wickets, as reward for more accurate bowling on a second day of toil for the visiting attack, and only Ben Foakes briefly flourished with 34 from 66 balls. After starting the day on 327 for 3, Surrey lost their last seven wickets for 76 runs in 27 overs.