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Stuart Meaker led a Surrey fightback with three wickets during the two brief spells of play possible on the second day of the LV= County Championship Division One match against Sussex at Horsham.

Surrey, who had been bowled out for 124 on day one, took four wickets for nine runs in six overs today to reduce Sussex to 90 for six before rain washed out play.

The 23-year-old paceman struck with the first ball of the day when Sussex skipper Michael Yardy could only fend a well-directed bouncer into the hands of Mark Ramprakash at gully.

In his next over Meaker ripped out Joe Gatting's off stump with a ball of full length before a shower forced the players off after just 2.2 overs.

Stuart Meaker & Joe Gatting

Paceman Stuart Meaker celebrates the dismissal of Joe Gatting for two en route to fine figures of 3-3 from three overs this morning at Horsham

They returned 40 minutes later when Surrey took two more wickets to further undermine Sussex's vulnerable-looking middle order.

Left-arm spinner Murali Kartik got in on the act by dismissing Luke Wright for one as he pushed forward to a ball which turned.

Wicketkeeper Steven Davies, who had only just returned to the ground after he had been released by England when Matt Prior passed a fitness test, took the catch.

But it was Meaker's morning and he reduced Sussex to 87 for six when he pinned Ben Brown leg before with an inswinger. He had figures of 3-3 from three overs when the rain returned, leaving Luke Wells unbeaten on 38 and Naveed Arif Gondal yet to score.

With rain setting in during the afternoon, umpires Peter Willey and Neil Hartley called off play at 2.30pm, although with the game well advanced and a better forecast there is still every chance of a positive result with two days to go.

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