Middlesex 179 for 2 v Surrey 167
Surrey were left to regret batting first in conditions where the ball moved alarmingly through the air as Tim Murtagh bagged a five-wicket haul in this County Championship Division Two clash at Lord’s.
Murtagh took three of the final four wickets to fall as Surrey were shot out for 167 before tea, returning 5 for 52 against his former county, but it was Pedro Collins who did the early damage with 4 for 68.
Surrey’s day soured further after tea when, bowling too short, they allowed Scott Newman to reach a watchful 54 from 114 balls until falling leg-before. Middlesex eventually ended the opening day 12 runs ahead with eight wickets in hand.
Collins reserved a beauty to claim the key wicket of Mark Ramprakash, who has a better average against his old team than against any other county. Ramprakash has scored four hundreds against Middlesex in the…