Surrey fight back after Amjad's five
Surrey’s seamers responded to Amjad Khan’s 5-57 by sharing five wickets of their own to give their side the upper hand against Sussex on their return to LV= County Championship Division One.
On a chilly opening day at the Kia Oval, the hosts were indebted to 52 from Zander de Bruyn and an unbeaten 86 by Tom Maynard as they scrambled to 264 all out after being invited to bat first.
Surrey then struck back before the close, England paceman Jade Dernbach leading the way with two wickets in as many overs as Sussex were reduced to 105 for five.
Playing under floodlights from the 11am start, Rory Hamilton-Brown’s side slipped to 11 for two.
Jacques Rudolph, making his Surrey debut, fell without scoring, caught in the slips at the second attempt.
Chris Jordan, promoted to open in the absence of Steven Davies, then had his bails trimmed by Amjad’s fifth ball, which nipped back appreciably.
For the next hour Mark Ramprakash and de Bruyn batted Surrey back into contention.
Ramprakash brought up a fifty partnership by steering James Anyon through backward point for four, but then departed for 24 just before lunch, lbw to Lewis Hatchett.
Surrey were pegged back further when de Bruyn, driving, was caught behind for 52 off the bowling of Naveed Arif Gondal, who struck again two overs later by having Hamilton-Brown strangled down the leg side, though not before the Surrey skipper had been dropped at second slip.
Maynard and Rory Burns responded by going on the offensive.
Maynard, who clouted three fours in one over from Anyon, raced to a 56-ball half-century while Burns looked organised on his championship debut. However, with their sixth-wicket stand having reached 82, Burns nibbled at Anyon and was caught behind for 23.
Amjad then picked up three wickets in as many overs. Gareth Batty chopped on, Stuart Meaker fell to a brilliant one-handed catch by Chris Nash at backward point and Jon Lewis, playing a loose drive, was caught at first slip.
Maynard secured a second batting point with the first of two successive fours off Naveed, but ran out of partners when Jade Dernbach drove lavishly to give Amjad his first five-wicket haul in nearly two years.
In reply, the visitors lost Ed Joyce in the first over, lbw to Lewis. Nash and Luke Wells, who struck 28 and 32 respectively, then made steady progress until the latter lost his off stump to Dernbach.
Six balls later, Meaker had Nash caught at mid-off from a leading edge and Dernbach then bowled Murray Goodwin for four.
Jordan struck another blow for Surrey late in the day by having Michael Yardy caught at second slip for 14.