County Championship: Surrey and Warwickshire nicely poised going into final day at The Oval
|County Championship Division One, Kia Oval, London (day three):|
|Surrey 194 & 325: Stoneman 71, Elgar 53, S Curran 52, Clarke 49; Miles 5-91, Patel 3-65|
|Warwickshire 230 & 148-3: Sibley 52*, Rhodes 43; Batty 2-18|
|Warwickshire (4 pts) need a further 142 runs to beat Surrey (3 pts)|
Surrey and Warwickshire both ended day three at The Oval in position to win after three more hard-fought sessions.
Resuming their second innings on 141-3, Dean Elgar (53), Sam Curran (52) and Bears old boy Rikki Clarke (49) helped Surrey reach 325, Bears paceman Craig Miles finishing with 5-91.
That left the Bears 290 to win and they ended on 148-3, needing 142 more runs.
Ex-Surrey opener Dom Sibley holds the key on 52 not out following two wickets in the final session for Gareth Batty.
Despite the loss of of a seemingly well-set Sam Hain for 26, four overs from the end of an intriguing day's play, Sibley saw it through with nightwatchman Miles.
Although he has so far hit just five fours in his 111-ball stay, he tenaciously went past 50 for the sixth time this season in only seven Championship matches.
Miles produced a fine comeback after the former Gloucestershire man was hit for 21 off his first over the previous evening.
He removed Ben Foakes for 12 and Elgar for 53 in the morning session before going on to complete his first five-wicket haul for the Bears - and make it 13 scalps in two matches since being recalled following early season struggles.
He also dismissed Curran, then both Jordan Clark and Morne Morkel caught behind, to take Bears keeper Tim Ambrose past 1,000 dismissals in all professional cricket.
Warwickshire's openers got to 70 before former England off-spinner Batty's faster ball, in only his second over, removed first-innings half-centurion Will Rhodes for 43.
For Surrey skipper Batty, who is already well past 1,000 total career victims overall, that was his 300th first-class wicket for the county. And he then struck again to prise out Hain, who he lured forward off balance, to be smartly stumped by Foakes.
Surrey batsman Dean Elgar told BBC Radio London:
"At the start of the game, if we had been given a 290-run lead going into the last innings, we'd have taken it, so hopefully it is enough.
"We have had two good days to get back into the match after we had to bat on a difficult pitch on day one, when they also bowled very well.
"Run-scoring is quite tough on this pitch as we have seen throughout the game. We need to be patient. We have to bowl In partnerships and hopefully we can get a couple of wickets early."
Warwickshire fast bowler Oliver Hannon-Dalby told BBC WM:
"Another exciting day's play is in prospect. Dom Sibley has batted brilliantly so far.
"Will Rhodes, Sam Hain and also Craig Miles at the end there- when Morne Morkel was coming around the wicket at him - have all helped to set us up too.
"Hopefully Dom can keep going in the morning. There are 142 runs to go and we have to dig deep again."