Surrey strengthen position against Notts

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Rory Burns reached his third hundred of the season on the second morning of Surrey’s Specsavers County Championship match against Nottinghamshire at Trent Bridge.

The Surrey captain has been at the crease for a total of five hours and is unbeaten on 139 at lunch, with his side on 325 for five, a lead of 115.

Burns, who had begun the day on 97, had to wait for 35 minutes before reaching the landmark, which arrived from 162 balls. Additionally, he had to survive a confident appeal from most of the Notts side for a caught behind off Stuart Broad, when on 99.

Luke Fletcher set the tone for a much-improved bowling performance by the hosts with a testing opening spell, which brought him the wicket of Scott Borthwick for 24.

Aaron Finch, playing his first red ball game since the end of the Australian domestic season in March, departed quickly after chipping Broad tamely to mid-on.

The England pace man, looking fit and bowling quickly, followed up that wicket with another scalp four balls later. Ben Foakes hoped to have got away with a thin snick as Riki Wessels juggled the chance at first slip but the fielder’s lightning reactions plucked the ball one-handed at the second attempt.

Ollie Pope stroked six boundaries in his 30 before becoming Harry Gurney’s 300th first class victim.