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Surrey 164-5 v Yorkshire
David Willey and Steven Patterson took three wickets for no runs in nine balls as Yorkshire put Surrey’s top order under severe pressure in an action-packed but rain-reduced morning session at the Kia Oval.
Surrey, resuming on 95 for 2 following a rain-hit opening day in the Specsavers County Championship Division One fixture, slid initially to 121 for 5 before recovering to 164 for 5 before the rain arrived at 12.19pm.
Steven Davies, who hit Adil Rashid for two fours in the leg spinner’s only over shortly before the weather interruption, was on 29 not out as the players took an early lunch from 12.50pm and the Oval groundstaff worked hard to cover the square to protect it from the elements.
Ben Foakes, unbeaten on 14, had also done his bit to steady the Surrey first innings after Willey removed Zafar Ansari and Jason Roy and Patterson grabbed the prized wicket of Aaron Finch.
Finch and Ansari, who had rallied Surrey from 36 for 2 on the opening morning of the game, took their third wicket stand to 85 before Willey fired a yorker through left-hander Ansari’s defences to bowl him for 40 and detonate two stumps out of the ground in spectacular fashion.
Two balls later, in the next over from Patterson, a checked push-drive brought Australian batsman Finch’s downfall for an aggressive 57-ball 52, with the bowler jubilant as the catch was taken at short extra cover.
Then, in Willey’s next over, Roy pushed at a ball angled across him by the left-arm seamer and keeper Andrew Hodd took the thin edge at the second attempt to send back the England one-day batsman for a duck.
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And with the first ball that lands, D'Oliveira removes Ben Duckett! The ball pitches in the rough, turns and the left-hander props forward, giving Ross Whiteley at bat-pad a catch. And that's lunch.