Sibling rivalry worked in Surrey’s favour as Sam and Tom Curran shared seven wickets to dismiss title rivals Lancashire for 287 on the opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match at The Kia Oval.
The young seam-bowling brothers were Surrey’s star performers with the ball as Lancashire mustered two batting bonus points on a seemingly ideal day for crease occupation.
In response, Surrey’s openers Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley survived the last 15 overs in reaching 50 without loss with Burns posting his 1,000th first-class run for the summer in the process.
Burns edged to slip in the day’s final over, but survived when Rob Jones downed a sharp, low chance to ensure the brown caps hammered home their first day superiority and will go into the second day trailing by 237.
Batting first after winning the toss, Lancashire lost Luke Procter fell lbw in the eighth over of the day when he played across one on the back foot to be wrapped in front by Sam Curran.
Then, after Surrey’s attack had extracted some exaggerated bounce, the in-form Haseeb Hameed fell hook line and sinker for the host’s leg theory trap. The right-hander gloved an attempted pull shot against Stuart Meaker to the keeper Ben Foakes, who held a diving catch almost in a leg gully position.
A seam-bowling masterclass by the Curran brothers then sparked the loss of a further five Lancashire wickets in the mid-session. Giving nothing away in terms of width or length, the siblings mopped up three wickets inside an hour of the resumption.
Left-armer Sam started the rout bowling from the Vauxhall End with a prefect in-swinger. Alviro Petersen made a late decision to withdraw the bat, but could only deflect the ball onto off stump via the toe end of his bat.
Brother Tom got in on the act by having Liam Livingstone caught behind, then Sam responded with another beauty, a leg-cutter that grazed the outside edge of Steven Croft’s bat give Foakes his third catch of the day.
Clark and Jones dug in for the next 25 overs to add 85 but, on the cusp of tea Clark, fishing outside off stump against Meaker, was sensationally caught, low, one-handed and diving to his right by 38-year-old Kumar Sangakkara at first slip.
Sam Curran returned to bag his fourth scalp of the day in a third spell when Jones (25), in reaching to drive a wide one, dragged the ball on via a thick outside edge.
After tea, Arron Lilley came out swinging like the proverbial village blacksmith but Tom Curran responded by nabbing his second scalp when Kyle Jarvis checked his push-drive to loop a comfortable catch to Mark Footitt at mid-off.
After smashing four sixes and a brace of boundaries Lilley’s fun ended when, with his score on 38, he swished at one to be caught behind and receive a vociferous send-off from Meaker.
Lancashire’s last-wicket pair of Simon Kerrigan and Nathan Buck also hit out lustily to add 48 and see their side to a second batting bonus point, before Kerrigan, groping on the drive, nicked behind off the wayward Footitt to give Foakes his fifth catch of the innings.
Sam Curran bagged four for 61, his brother two for 51 and Meaker three for 83 as Lancashire succumbed inside 79 overs.
Half-centuries from Rory Burns, Dominic Sibley, Kumar Sangakkara and Steven Davies edged Surrey into a slender yet potentially crucial first innings lead of 67 at the mid-point of their Specsavers County Championship match with Lancashire at the Kia Oval.
On a perfect day for batting, Surrey might have expected a three-figure contribution from at least one member of their top order, as it was Burns’s 88 proved their top score thus far in a disappointing total of 354 for six at stumps.
Resuming on their overnight score of 50 without loss and in reply to Lancashire’s disappointing first day total of 287, Surrey openers Burns and Sibley were first to reach half-centuries in extending their first-wicket partnership to 160.
Burns moved to his 80-ball 50 with a thick edge over the slip cordon to third man for a ninth boundary off the bowling of Jordan Clark. It was Burns’s seventh championship half-century of the summer.
Lancashire turned to spin for the 15th over of the day in the shape of Arron Lilley, but his sixth delivery was cut for three to backward point by Burns to raise the century opening stand.
The red rose county turned to spin at both ends with the introduction of slow left-arm from Simon Kerrigan at the Pavilion End, yet Burns and Sibley still looked totally untroubled.
Sibley’s crisp cover drive for four against Lilley then raised his third championship half-century of the summer from 130 balls and with seven boundaries.
Lancashire’s bowlers emerged from lunch to bowl tighter lines and were rewarded for the endeavour by removing the Surrey openers in the space of nine deliveries, both to the bowling of Kyle Jarvis.
Sibley (56) was first to go when he chopped on to the base of his off stump off an open bat face when trying a run down to third man. Then, three runs on, Burns chased a near wide to be caught by a tumbling Steven Croft when 12 short of his century.
Left-handers Arun Harinath and Kumar Sangakkara added 45 inside 10 overs before Harinath, in prodding down the wrong line to a Lilley arm-ball, went lbw for 21.
Steven Davies joined forces with Sangakkara, who revelled in the hottest conditions of the summer so far. With the sun on his back the Sri Lankan maestro soon took a view on the slow left-arm bowling of Kerrigan, hoisting the Lancashire spinner for four over cover and a six into the pavilion seats off successive balls on his way to a 47-ball 50 with five fours and a brace of sixes.
Davies also went for his shots, helping to add an attractive 66 through to the interval as Surrey cut Lancashire’s overall lead to 13 runs.
Jarvis and Nathan Buck shared the second new ball from the pavilion End immediately after the resumption and it was Buck who bagged the prized scalp of Sangakkara four overs into the final session.
Having just launched into a lofted drive that sizzled to the ropes at extra cover, Sangakkara leant back looking for another off-side boundary only to pick out Haseeb Hameed in the gully and depart for 67 from 73 balls.
Davies and Ben Foakes steered the hosts into the lead and to a third batting bonus point while Davies posted the third 50 of the day, his fifth of the season, from 96 balls and with six fours.
Foakes perished in the final hour, lbw when pushing at one from Luke Procter, then Davies, on 59, continued the theme for the day by tossing away his own wicket with a lame leg-side clip off a Lilley long-hop that picked out Kerrigan at mid-wicket.
Surrey’s left-arm pace bowler Mark Footitt bagged season’s best figures to move his adopted county to the brink of a deserved Specsavers Championship win over Lancashire.
On a flat pitch at the Kia Oval, the former Derbyshire seamer bent his back to take five for 49 – including a three purple patch of three for three in 28 balls during the final session – as Surrey’s attack continued to cause headaches aplenty for the red rose middle order.
By the close Lancashire had toppled to 203 for eight, a paltry overall lead of 10 and having lost six wickets in the day’s final session. The visitors will need a batting miracle or a fourth-day deluge in order to deny Surrey their fourth win of their Division One campaign.
Batting again by 1.45pm and after conceding a first-innings deficit of 193, Lancashire had made a bright enough start under occasionally cloudy skies in SE11.
Luke Procter and Haseeb Hameed posted 49 before Hameed, on 17, fended at one going across him from Footitt to edge behind to keeper Ben Foakes.
Liam Livingstone then received a snorting lifter from Stuart Meaker that struck the right-hander’s gloves and flew to slip, where Steven Davies took a sharp, low chance.
Procter, who negated Meaker’s quick bouncers by crouching low in the crease, moved to a well-deserved 85-ball 50 with nine fours just before rain arrived to force a slightly early tea interval.
Procter, with his score on 65, should have gone soon after the resumption but Davies, this time at third slip, downed a tough chance diving toward the vacant berth at second slip.
The third-wicket pair marched on with Alviro Petersen posting a 57-ball 50 with seven fours and a six but, with Surrey’s lead cut to 26 runs, Petersen aimed an over-ambitious expansive drive against Footitt to pick out Dominic Sibley at extra cover.
Without addition to the score and in Footitt’s next over, Steven Croft followed a leg-cutter to edge to Kumar Sangakkara diving forward at slip to make it 167 for four.
Procter blotted his copybook by walking across his stumps to miss a leg-side flick and depart lbw to Footitt, then Batty was rewarded for his tight stint at The Vauxhall End, with two wickets in five balls. Rob Jones misjudged the line to fall lbw, then Jordan Clark was hoodwinked by a quicker ball that pegged back off stump.
Footitt claimed his fifth when Adam Lilley nicked an expansive drive to slip, but Lancashire survived the last four overs without further alarm to take the match into its final day.
The third day had started with heartbreak for Surrey’s star 18-year-old all-rounder Sam Curran who missed out on his maiden first-class century by four runs, as the hosts elected to bat on until after lunch in adding a further 126 to their eventual total.
Curran’s brother Tom departed in the early exchanges when his miscued sweep against Lancashire off-spinner was caught on the run at square leg by Jones.
Sam remained to post a 75-ball 50 and move smoothly to 96 by clipping a Lilley long-hop into the green seats of the lower Westminster Terrace. But, in attempting another trademark leg-side clip two deliveries later, Curran found a leading edge to loop a return catch to the bowler. Not surprisingly, the teenager moped off having hit 13 fours and three sixes in his eye-catching 127-ball knock.
Batty followed soon after, prodding forward he missed a Simon Kerrigan arm ball to give Lancashire’s other frontline spinner his sole wicket of a 30-over stint.
After an early lunch for bad light and drizzle, Surrey were finally dismissed when Lilley turned one sharply past the lunge of Footitt to peg back middle and leg and finish with figures of five for 130.
Ten months into his Surrey career and having suffered early-season niggles and lapses in confidence, left-arm seamer Mark Footitt finally announced his arrival at the Kia Oval with a career-best haul of seven for 62 to wrap up Surrey’s 10-wicket win over Lancashire.
Footitt mopped up Lancashire’s two remaining wickets within 40 minutes of the fourth and final day to set up his side’s fourth win of the Specsavers County Championship campaign.
Home openers Rory Burns (28*) and Dominic Sibley (11*) duly knocked off the 38 runs required within 9.1 overs to secure the comfortable and deserved victory with more than two sessions of the game to spare.
By hitting the winning boundary with a reverse sweep Burns also marked his 26th birthday by scoring his 1,000th championship run of the season.
Earlier, Surrey’s attack required only 15 deliveries of the final day to dislodge Lancashire’s ninth man in the shape of Nathan Buck. Prodding off the back foot at another testing delivery from Footitt, the right-hander followed and nicked to second slip where birthday boy Burns took a comfortable catch.
Lancashire’s last pairing of Simon Kerrigan and Kyle Jarvis extended their side’s narrow overall lead to 37 before Footitt, the former Derbyshire stalwart, had Kyle Jarvis caught on the drive at mid-off to wrap up the Lancashire innings for 230.
While Footitt secured his career-best from the Pavilion End, Batty reeled off 27 overs at the Vauxhall End to finish with excellent figures of two for 67, having virtually locked down the run-scoring from one end.
Lancashire travelled home with 4pts while Surrey boosted their late title challenge with a haul of 23 having secured their third win in four championship starts.