Mark Stoneman completed quickfire back-to-back centuries against Warwickshire as Surrey took command of their Specsavers County Championship match on the third day at Edgbaston.
In reply to the home side's 332, Surrey closed the second day on 299 for three, trailing by just 33 with plenty of power to add.
Stoneman, who scored 165 against Warwickshire on his Championship debut for Surrey at The Oval two weeks ago, followed that up with 123 (201 balls, 14 fours, one six). And while the 29-year-old calmly and efficiently exploited a flattening pitch and a softening ball, Kumar Sangakkara added his peerless input at the other end.
At the close the Sri Lankan had reached an unbeaten 98 (150 balls, nine fours, two sixes) against a home attack which prised much less life from the pitch than had their Surrey counterparts.
💯 for Mark Stoneman! Great knock 👍👍👍🔥🔥🔥— Surrey Cricket (@surreycricket) April 22, 2017
Second ton for the season & the Club. pic.twitter.com/1Z8nXxKp6L
It was a day of complete Surrey domination after their batsmen continued the bowlers' good work from the morning. After Warwickshire resumed on 292 for six, the visitors' seamers made short work of the lower order to round off the innings for 332.
Mark Footitt trapped Rikki Clarke lbw, Sam Curran had Jeetan Patel caught at point and yorked Chris Wright and when Oliver Hannon-Dalby lifted Tom Curran to cover, Warwickshire had lost their last seven wickets for 69. Tom Curran finished with four for 98, Footitt three for 66 and Sam Curran three for 74.
In reply, Surrey soon lost Rory Burns, who edged Wright to slip in the fourth over, but Stoneman and Scott Borthwick (50, 89 balls, seven fours) added 116 in 28 overs before the latter edged Clarke to first slip.
Stoneman had almost perished very first ball, when he lifted a cut at Keith Barker and Ateeq Javid almost hung on to a spectacular diving catch at point. The former Durham player was dropped on 83 by William Porterfield in the gully off Wright, but was otherwise assured and comfortable until he fell lbw, trying to pull a Barker delivery.
Sangakkara, meanwhile, played with enormous poise at the venue at which he scored one of the very best of his 57 first-class centuries, a brilliant 149 on his Warwickshire debut on a damp wicket against Durham in 2007.
Two of his first seven scoring shots were sixes, eased over fine-leg and third man, and the prospect of facing the great Sri Lankan again in the morning is not one to thrill Warwickshire's bowlers this evening.