Surrey take control against Leicestershire

LV County Championship Division Two, The Kia Oval
Close, day two: Surrey 294 & 166-2 Leicestershire 183
Surrey 5pts, Leics 3pts
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A good day with both bat and ball has put Surrey in control over Leicestershire at The Oval.

The hosts closed on 166-2 in their second innings, 277 runs ahead, with Jason Roy making 76 and Mark Ramprakash unbeaten on 53.

Earlier, Leicestershire who resumed day two on 56-2 were dismissed for 183, Wayne White's 46 helping them recover from 85-6.

Stuart Meaker took 4-43, while England paceman Chris Tremlett claimed 2-19.

Rain delayed the start of play by an hour and 25 minutes and Leicestershire were soon in trouble losing four wickets for 13 runs.

White and Claude Henderson (29) put on 75 for for the seventh wicket but falied to push the visitors to a batting point.

With a first-innings lead of 111, Surrey pressed home their advantage as Roy equalled the career-best he set against the same opponents last August.

CLOSE OF PLAY SUMMARY

BBC London 94.9's Mark Church:

"Surrey are in a dominant position at the end of the second day. Their bowling unit did a very good job with Chris Tremlett looking menacing and Stuart Meaker finishing with excellent figures of 4-43.

"Their efforts meant Surrey started their second innings with a lead of 111 and Jason Roy increased the home side's advantage with an attractive innings of 76.

"What will really worry Leicestershire heading into the third day is a certain Mark Ramprakash is unbeaten on 53 and Surrey's lead is already 277.

"Surrey will look to score quickly and heavily and then get the visitors back in on a surface still offering assistance to the bowlers."