Jarvis gives relentless Lancashire the advantage
Kyle Jarvis took a Lancashire best of 6-70 to give Steven Croft’s side the advantage on the first day of this Specsavers County Championship match after they bowled Surrey out for 191. Lancashire ended the day on 16-0, 175 runs behind.
Lancashire made one change to the side with Tom Smith replacing Karl Brown at the top of the order. Following on from his return to the side in the previous day’s T20 match, it meant Smith was playing his first Championship match in thirteen month after successfully recovering from his back operation last year.
Surrey won the toss and elected to bat, but it was Lancashire’s bowlers who made a dream start, claiming three wickets in the opening 30 minutes.
Tom Bailey found some extra bounce from the Statham End to surprise Arun Harinath, the left-handed batsman edging behind to Alex Davies for 5.
Then Kyle Jarvis struck twice in the 8th over, trapping Kumar Sangakkara lbw for 0 and three balls later finding the edge of Steven Davies’ bat with namesake Alex pouching a straightforward catch.
That left the visitors on 25-3 and it easily could have been worse for Surrey with Rory Burns beaten outside off stump on several occasions while Jason Roy survived a difficult chance at gully when on nought, and was fortunate to get off the mark from a leading edge that just cleared mid-off moments later, Bailey the unlucky bowler on both occasions.
Roy perished soon afterwards however when he chipped Jarvis to Luke Procter at mid-off for 2, and he was soon followed back to the dressing room by Ben Foakes who, having driven splendidly for four, was bowled for 13 after he shouldered arms to a Jarvis delivery that nipped back to leave the visitors in deep trouble on 40-5.
Jarvis finally took a well-earned rest 30 minutes before lunch with the outstanding figures of 4-32 from his 10 over stint, and Surrey managed to survive several huge appeals to make it through to lunch on 76-5 with Burns still there on 32 and James Burke on 13 not out.
Rain then took 20 overs from the day’s allocation and it was 3.30pm before the players returned to the middle.
Burns and Burke continued to build on their earlier work during the afternoon with Burns punching a back foot drive square of point for four while Burke brought up the 50 partnership off 95 balls by clipping Jarvis to the mid-wicket boundary.
Burke then drove Jarvis on either side of the wicket for successive fours two overs later to bring up the hundred for the visitors as batting conditions eased during the afternoon.
Undeterred, Jarvis continued to pitch the ball up and was rewarded when Burke, pushing forward, edged low to Liam Livingstone at first slip for 31. That broke a partnership of 64 runs in 20 overs and landed Jarvis his fifth-wicket of the day and leave Surrey on 104-6 in the 38th over.
Tom Curran punched a back foot drive through cover for four at the start of his innings before Jarvis produced a beauty, moving the ball away off the seam, to claim his sixth wicket as the batsman edged to Davies for 10 with the score 114-7.
Surrey fought back with the best partnership of the innings, Burns reaching his half century off 123 balls on the stroke of tea with Surrey 126-7, and the visitors played some attacking cricket after the break.
Burns in particular took the game back to Lancashire, pulling and driving to great effect in an 8th wicket partnership with Batty that quickly realised 68 runs from 15.4 overs.
Their resistance was broken when Smith took a difficult diving catch at 2nd slip off Neil Wagner to dismiss Batty for 21.
The innings ended swiftly as Wagner took two further wickets to finish with 3-52, bowling Pillans second ball for 0 and then finally ending Burns’ excellent innings, trapping the Surrey opener lbw for 92.
It left Surrey 191 all out with Jarvis becoming the first Red Rose pace bowler to take five wickets or more against Surrey at Emirates Old Trafford since Wasim Akram’s 5-52 in 1989.
Tom Smith and Haseeb Hameed had 12 overs to negotiate to the close which they reached safely on 16-0, Smith on 7 and Hameed with 5.
Kyle Jarvis was pleased to have been among the wickets today.
“The way Tom Bailey started us off and then to go and knock them (Surrey) over the way we did, it was fantastic.
“The pitch had a bit in it this morning, and it’s hopefully helped to set us up for a good game,” he said.
“If we can bat big and get a really good score, it will put us in a good position and Simon Kerrigan will play a big part as it starts to turn.
And Jarvis revealed he wasn’t too concerned about his wicket haul going into today’s game.
“I haven’t got as many wickets as I would have liked in the first few games,” he said. “But I was bowling well and knew a big haul was just round the corner. I was really happy it was today and hopefully I can get a few more.
“Whenever you are opening the bowling with Jimmy Anderson and have Neil Wagner coming on first change, it’s going to be pretty special. It’s been fantastic to learn from them and bowl with them.
Lancashire’s bowling attack this season has been described as relentless, and Jarvis agreed.
“We keep coming at you. That’s how we squeeze teams. It’s why we are near the top of the league at the moment. If we can carry on like that for the rest of the season we will be in a very good position.