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Saqib Mahmood took a occupation-most difficult 4 for 50 as Lancashire had the greater of the gap day at Ancient Trafford with the runner’s up space at stake

Saqib Mahmood took four wickets  •  Getty Images

Saqib Mahmood took four wickets  •  Getty Images

Lancashire 17 for 0 disappear Surrey 201 for 8 dec (S Curran 56*, Mahmood 4-50 ) by 184 runs

Saqib Mahmood took a occupation-most difficult 4 for 50 as Lancashire had the greater of the gap day of their Specsavers County Championship conflict with Surrey at Ancient Trafford.

With Surrey starting three choices sooner than third-positioned Lancashire, it be a match the set apart the winners will invent 2d in Division One.

Surrey misplaced eight wickets sooner than selecting to say having reached 201 for 8 – their first batting point due to the a half of-century from Sam Curran – which denied Lancashire a third bowling point.

“My first first class game at Ancient Trafford and it be one I’d simply not forget in a bustle,” Mahmood acknowledged “From a bowling point of learn about we couldn’t actually hold carried out unparalleled extra. To score them to 200, the wicket looks to be like admire it be knocking down out now.

“I became so aggravated they declared, I am on four wickets and each ball I felt I became going to score a wicket and they also hotfoot and say so I wasn’t very elated if I am honest!”

On the declaration, Surrey coach Michael Di Venuto acknowledged: “We wished to hold a crack at them tonight and knock a pair over but it wasn’t to be. The rewards didn’t near for us however the following day is another day.

“Our tail hasn’t been the excellent this yr so as to save losing time and to score those nine overs to establish out to score a pair of wickets became the intention. Salvage the game fascinating, that is the intent. It became the last merchandise they had been watching for.”

The company determined not to exercise their steady to make a choice to bowl and the toss became gained by Lancashire, who did make a choice to attain so, therefore giving each captains the cease result they wished.

There had been a pair of early probabilities for the hosts as Tom Bailey forced Rory Burns into drives that Dane Vilas and Decide Jones obtained fingers to high above their heads but couldn’t relief.

Burns and Designate Stoneman, the Championship’s third and 2d perfect runs-scorers respectively, shared 47 for the foremost wicket sooner than Burns chipped Mahmood to Shivnarine Chanderpaul at mid-on to leave for 18.

Lancashire struck again sooner than lunch, legspinner Matt Parkinson producing a astonishing shipping that spun support at Stoneman who left alone the ball that crashed into his stumps.

That brought Kumar Sangakkara to the crease in his final first class game and he became welcomed with a guard of honour by Lancashire’s players sooner than guiding Surrey to lunch at 72 for 2.

However it became a frenetic innings from the Sri Lankan big, who has made eight Championship centuries this season. Having launched Stephen Parry for six sooner than lunch, he fell for the immediate-ball trap – hooking a bouncer from Mahmood to Decide Jones within the deep for 14.

“We had a opinion on the explicit contrivance to bowl to Kumar Sangakkara at lunch and to terminate support out and nail the opinion, I couldn’t barely judge it had near off,” Mahmood acknowledged. “It is miles a big scalp.”

Lancashire struck twice extra sooner than an early tea became known as. Mahmood, taking part in in only his fourth first class game, nipped one support at Scott Borthwick to trap the left-hander lbw for 30.

Stephen Parry then picked up Surrey’s fifth wicket by ripping one past the exterior fringe of Ben Foakes’ bat with what modified into out to be the final ball sooner than tea – which became known as early due to the a aggregate of corrupt light and drizzle. Surrey had been 112 for 5 at the interval and Lancashire had been within the ascendancy.

However a half of-century stand after the resumption between Ollie Pope and Sam Curran held up the Lancashire cost. They’d perchance well add steady four extra nonetheless as Pope overdid the attacking side of the stand, attempting to initiate Parkinson down the ground however the ball modified into past his exterior edge and Alex Davies carried out the stumping.

Mahmood sealed his occupation-most difficult figures by trapping Rikki Clarke for 7 with person that saved a little bit low sooner than Gareth Batty came and went without scoring.

Curran even supposing carried on with his extremely spectacular innings, passing his half of-century from 106 balls. He went on to attain an unbeaten 56, taking Surrey past 200 and to their first batting point. At that stage they promptly declared.

Alex Davies and Decide Jones negotiated a irritating period to terminate on 17 without loss.

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