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After LV= County Championship debutant Ryan Buckley took the opening day's bowling honours, Surrey's veteran skipper Gareth Batty - playing his 185th first-class game - won the plaudits on day two of the Division One clash with Durham.

Batty showed all his experience during spells from both ends at the Kia Oval to claim excellent figures of 4-72 and make the visitors battle hard for their 42-run lead.

At the mid-point of the match Durham, who have yet to win a championship match in SE11 since becoming a first-class county in 1992, were 279 for nine in response to Surrey's 237.

Dale Benkenstein, with 70 not out, was chiefly responsible for Durham’s advantage, having sparred with Batty for much of a post-tea session that ended with honours just about even.

After losing their last six wickets for 16 runs on a dramatic first evening, Surrey set about trying to spark a similar collapse among Durham's ranks on day two.

Gareth Batty

On an intriguing second day, Surrey captain Gareth Batty did his level best to give the Kia Oval hosts a chance of victory over Durham

However, the visitors, who came into the game as Division One leaders, made a positive start through openers Mark Stoneman and Will Smith.

They posted 88 before Batty inspired his side's first success. With only his seventh ball of the day, the off-spinner pushed Smith onto the back foot with a quicker arm ball that hit the front pad to secure a successful appeal for leg before.

Stoneman, who raced to a 53-ball fifty with seven fours, teamed up with Scott Borthwick to add 43 for the second wicket before the latter edged Zander de Bruyn behind.

Without addition to the total and only two balls later, Stoneman fell to a bat-pad catch at short-leg for 77, Batty again the successful bowler.

Ben Stokes, making light of the back injury that saw him stretchered off in Thursday night's corresponding Yorkshire Bank 40 game, lofted Batty for a straight six into the OCS Stand only to perish for 20.

Aiming an expansive drive against de Bruyn, the muscular left-hander found a thick inside edge that deflected a loose delivery back onto off stump.

Two short rain interruptions led to an early tea, but also served to break the concentration of Durham's most experienced player, Paul Collingwood.

Only three balls after the resumption Collingwood, the Durham captain, pushed half-forward and outside the line of a de Bruyn off-cutter to be sent packing leg before. The former England favourite left clearly thinking he had managed to get bat on ball, however.

Durham still trailed by a single when Phil Mustard fell leg before to Batty who, with the visitors only nine ahead, bagged a fourth wicket by having Callum Thorp caught at the second attempt at slip by Jason Roy.

The second new ball accounted for Mark Wood when Tim Linley jagged one back off the seam to find an inside edge through to Steven Davies.

Chris Rushworth drove hard at the next delivery only to see Linley claim a sharp return catch and bring in last man, the debutant Buckley, on a hat-trick.

The rookie survived and batted out the remaining 20 minutes of the session in tandem with Benkenstein who, in stark contrast, is making the 264th first-class appearance of his career.

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