Burns shines during century before bad light hampers Surrey
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.