Surrey 126-0 v Yorkshire
Mark Stoneman batted with the assurance of a man who knows he should be Ashes-bound this winter to reach 72 not out from 92 balls as Surrey raced to 126 for no wicket by lunch on day one of their Specsavers County Championship match against Yorkshire at the Kia Oval.
Stoneman, back with his county after quietly impressing for England against the West Indies in his maiden Test series, in which he averaged 30 in three matches, included 11 fours in a 58-ball 50. He had struck 14 fours overall by lunch, and was joined by an equally fluent Rory Burns in an opening stand that reached three figures in the 23rd over.
Burns went into the interval on 50 not out, completing his half-century from 88 balls in the last over of the morning session, and Yorkshire’s attack had no answer to the two left-handers after Surrey had won a toss and chose to bat on a good-looking pitch and in bright sunshine. Burns had hit eight fours in his unbeaten 50.