Hashim Amla completed his 57th first-class century as he halted Surrey’s early wobble in the County Championship match with Northamptonshire. South African batsman Amla ended the day with an unbeaten 97 to save the title-chasing side from 46-3 and 80-4.
Cameron Steele stuck with him in a 115-run fifth-wicket partnership before Surrey reached 224-5 at stumps, trailing by 115 runs. Northamptonshire suffered their disaster in the morning as they collapsed to 339 for six for 90, with Rob Keogh hitting his 14th career century and fast bowler Kemar Roach taking 5-95. come back
Ricardo Vasconcelos took a bouncer but picked up a long leg after a frantic 18.
With Saif Zeb trying to go lbw off-spinner Steele’s first ball of the morning, James Sales chipped Roach at extra cover, before the West Indian dismissed Lizard Williams through the leg.
Keogh went from 75 runs after his third century of the season but was eventually bowled out for 123 at deep midwicket as Roach took his second five-wicket haul of the season.
The innings ended with Ben Sanderson swinging hard on the offside only to be caught on the boundary three-quarters of the way through.
Surrey secured a maximum of three bowling points for their title bid, with one more batting point to come before the end of the day – all of which could prove key for them to overcome Hampshire.
Surrey’s top order flattered to deceive, as, apart from Amla, none of the top five reached 20.
The former took his Championship wicket tally to 34 for the year when he swept into the pads of Rory Burns.
But it was White who did the quickfire damage to send the visitors 46-3 down.
First, Ryan Patel picked up a long leg before Ben Geddes flashed a wide delivery and was caught behind.
Luke Proctor produced a beauty to fortify Jamie Smith, a ball that went straight off stump but Steele provided Amla with a partner to stay with him.
Amla’s half-century came in 119 balls – one ball more than Emilio Gay needed to score a century on an opening day – but he ran out of time to reach three figures.
Steele looked equally solid for his 48 but was bowled by a beautiful off-spin delivery outside the footmark only to be hit between bat and pad by Keogh.
Soon after Jordan Clarke hit a six over square leg, the umpires ended the day’s play early, 12 overs wasted.