Middlesex bowlers hit back after Rory Burns-Mark Stoneman century opening stand

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Martin Andersson nips out three as home side lose six wickets for seven runs

Surrey 146 for 6 (Burns 64, Stoneman 63, Andersson 3-17) vs Middlesex

Angus Fraser, Middlesex’s managing director, said this week that there was “no vaccination” that could cure his side’s early-season struggles in the Championship, but his seamers provided a shot in the arm in a frenetic 42 minutes before the tea interval on the first day at The Oval: Surrey’s openers had put on 135, but a collapse of six wickets for seven runs left their batting line-up feeling sore.

It had not been easy going for Rory Burns and Mark Stoneman in the morning session. Burns survived three lbw shouts early on against Tim Murtagh – including two off the first two balls of the day, and one in the ninth over that Hawk-Eye confirmed should have been given out – and Stoneman played several false shots against Blake Cullen, but as both passed 50 early in the afternoon, Peter Handscomb’s decision to bowl first looked increasingly ill-judged.

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