Burns shines dur­ing cen­tury be­fore bad light ham­pers Sur­rey

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Sur­rey (171-4) trail Sus­sex (415) by 244 runs

Rory Burns reached his first hun­dred of this trun­cated sum­mer, but a late break for bad light trig­gered a dra­matic fi­nale to day two as Sur­rey lost three wick­ets in three overs and Sus­sex wrested back con­trol of their match at the Kia Oval.

Off-spin­ner Jack Car­son had

Burns lbw for a sparkling 103 with the first ball fol­low­ing a 25-minute in­ter­rup­tion, and in the next over 18-year-old pace­man Henry Cro­combe sent back Jamie Smith and night­watch­man Adam Finch for ducks in suc­ces­sive balls. Smith was bowled, shoul­der­ing arms, and Finch pinned leg-be­fore.

Ben Foakes just about dug out Cro­combe’s hat-trick ball and, with Hashim Amla on six, Sur­rey will re­sume this morn­ing on 171 for four in re­ply to Sus­sex’s 415. But those three wick­ets for just two runs in 15 min­utes of may­hem has po­ten­tially changed the course of the game.

Sur­rey’s twi­light prob­lems were only brought to an end at 6.10pm when um­pires Neil Bain­ton and Ben Deben­ham again took the play­ers off for more bad light with 10 overs tech­ni­cally still re­main­ing in the day’s al­lo­ca­tion.

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