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Surrey take command under Lord's sun

Surrey take command under Lord's sun

Surrey moved into a dominant position in the London derby at Lord’s after Middlesex collapsed to 161/9 to trail the Brown Caps by 177 runs on day two of their LV= County Championship clash.

A good crowd at the Home of Cricket were treated to 15 wickets under glorious blue skies as the sun shone on Graeme Smith’s men.

Two wickets in two balls for Jade Dernbach, coming in from the Pavilion end after tea saw Middlesex reduced to 121/6 as the England bowler took 3/59.

Debutant Paul Stirling, who picked up his first Championship wicket during the morning after Surrey's Gareth Batty chipped tamely to Chris Rodgers, had the misfortune of a golden duck after being trapped lbw, after Dernbach had removed Neil Dexter with his previous delivery.

Earlier in the day when Rodgers took a stunning one-handed in the covers to get rid of Dernbach and give Stirling his second wicket, Middlesex would have headed for lunch the happier of the two sides after Surrey could only put on just 71 for their final 6 wickets, having resumed on 267/4.

But the afternoon, and the day, belonged to Surrey.

Only Australian Sam Robson offered any resistance for the home side with a solid 36. His captain Rodgers, who will be hoping to open at Lord’s for Australia later this summer, looked good before Zander de Bruyn knocked out his middle stump.

Joe Denly (21), Dawid Malan (13), Neil Dexter (16) and John Simpson (17) could only manage 67 runs between them as the middle-order collapsed.

The Panthers have been prone to such collapses in recent years and batting coach Mark Ramprakash will have plenty to think about after today.

Smith rotated his bowlers well and all five that he used - including the international trio of Dernbach, Chris Tremlett and Batty - all got wickets. Surrey, with their tails up were unlucky not to finish the innings off before close but Tim Murtagh and Corey Collymore managed to survive to close.

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