Jarvis puts Lancs in control
Kyle Jarvis continued his and Lancashire's excellent start to the Specsavers County Championship season with four wickets before lunch and six for 70 in all on day one against Surrey.
Surrey, having elected to bat in Manchester, slipped to 40 for five inside 18 overs during a weather-affected day and were later bowled out for 191 inside 62 overs.
Jarvis claimed the prized scalp of Kumar Sangakkara, lbw for a duck, during an excellent 10-over opening spell on the way to his third career haul of six wickets or more. They were his best figures in a Lancashire shirt.
Surrey opener Rory Burns batted superbly for 92 off 164 balls, but he was last man out to leave the hosts with 12 overs to face before close. They reached 16 without loss.
Lancashire are aiming to win their first three home matches in a Championship campaign for the first time since 1952, having beaten Nottinghamshire and Hampshire here already. Victory could take them top of Division One ahead of next week’s Roses fixture at Headingley.
Tom Bailey made the breakthrough at the end of the fifth over when he had Arun Harinath caught behind.
Jarvis then removed Sangakkara and had Steven Davies caught behind, also for a duck, in the eighth over before forcing Jason Roy to chip to mid-on for two in the 14th.
And when Ben Foakes (13) was bowled shouldering arms to a delivery which nipped back in the 18th, Surrey were in all sorts of trouble.
Lancashire’s new ball pair were aided by swing and seam movement, but at least Burns and James Burke were able to stem the tide with a 64-run stand for the sixth wicket either side of lunch.
Their partnership was interrupted by a near two-hour rain delay immediately after lunch, and Jarvis made the breakthrough in the 38th over when Burke edged to first slip for 31.
Tom Curran followed caught behind at the end of the 42nd over as the visitors reached tea at 126 for seven from 46.
Burns reached his fourth half-century against Lancashire off 123 balls in the final over of the afternoon and shared 68 for the eighth wicket with Gareth Batty (21) midway through the evening.
He dealt with a hostile post-tea spell from Neil Wagner, who later removed Batty and Mathew Pillans in the 58th over to leave the score at 182 for nine. Batty was smartly caught at second slip by Tom Smith and Pillans bowled.
Wagner then wrapped up the innings when he trapped Burns lbw.
Lancashire have included former captain Smith in their side after injury. He played in their opening NatWest T20 Blast match on Saturday - first appearance since last April following a career-threatening back injury and more recent hamstring problems.
Smith, who came in for opener Karl Brown, bowled nine overs for 27 and opened the batting with Haseeb Hameed. They will begin day two unbeaten on seven and five respectively.