Bowlers put Durham on top at Oval

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DURHAM were looking to press home their advantage today on the final day of their LV= County Championship game at Surrey.

A rain-shortened third day at the Kia Oval saw the hosts on 164-6 in their second innings, leading by just 115.

Leg spinner Scott Borthwick did most of the damage with three for 41 after Callum Thorp and Mark Wood had both taken wickets with the new ball, although Durham captain Paul Collingwood also chipped in with the vital scalp of Vikram Solanki after Surrey had conceded a deficit of 49 on first innings.

Day three began with Durham adding just seven more runs to their overnight 279-9, with last man Ryan Buckley lbw to Gareth Batty for six in a total of 286 which owed much to Dale Benkenstein’s 74 not out.

Surrey soon lost Jason Roy for four, bowled by an off-cutter from Thorp that found the gap between bat and pad.

Arun Harinath was leg before to Wood for 11, to leave Surrey struggling at 37 for two, but Rory Burns played some attractive strokes in his 38 before, just before lunch, he was beaten by a ball from Borthwick as he tried to whip it wide of mid on and was adjudged lbw after a 97-minute stay.

Solanki’s hour-long innings of 20 was ended when Collingwood won an lbw verdict.

Borthwick trapped De Bruyn lbw for 20 and Steven Davies then pulled a long hop from Borthwick straight to Mark Stoneman on the deep mid-wicket ropes.