Northants grateful for Vaas
Former Sri Lanka international Chaminda Vaas shone with the ball for Northamptonshire to help induce a Surrey collapse on day one of their LV= County Championship Division Two clash at Wantage Road.
Surrey wicketkeeper Steven Davies struck 12 fours in his 81 at the top of the order, while Zander de Bruyn’s half-century saw Surrey reach 269 all out.
However, the visitors lost their last seven wickets for 101 runs and Vaas finished as the pick of the Northants bowlers with 4-57, before Andrew Hall’s side survived the remaining five overs unscathed to close on four without loss.
Surrey won the toss and chose to bat but lost captain Rory Hamilton-Brown cheaply for just 13 when he smashed Vaas to Stephen Peters, who took a head-high catch at cover.
Davies and veteran Mark Ramprakash then survived the rest of a relatively quiet morning session to reach lunch on 86 for one.
Davies completed a patient half-century off 128 balls in the fifth over of the afternoon as he and Ramprakash added 65 between them for the second wicket.
This stand was ended when Ramprakash, after making 30, had his leg stump uprooted by David Burton, who is playing in the championship for the first time this season.
Davies eventually perished when he edged Hall’s delivery and Alex Wakely took a low catch in front of him at first slip.
Tom Maynard made only seven before playing loosely at Hall and was caught behind by Northamptonshire and Ireland wicketkeeper Niall O’Brien.
Jason Roy was then given a huge let-off on 12 when Rob Newton dropped a simple chance, which was drilled straight to him at mid-off off Hall.
The visitors reached tea on 200 for four but Roy departed in the fourth over of the evening for 31 when he was given what looked a harsh lbw off Burton.
James Middlebrook picked up his first wicket when he trapped his fellow spinner, former England international Gareth Batty, lbw for nine.
South African De Bruyn hung around to go past 50 off 117 balls but he fell when he edged Vaas to O’Brien.
Stuart Meaker made just a single before nudging Middlebrook to Hall at slip in the next over, and Vaas then ended the Surrey innings by pinning both Chris Jordan and Tim Linley lbw.