Lancashire had a minor triumph when Mark Ramprakash was out for 118 but otherwise it was Surrey's morning, well though Lancashire bowled.
Andrew Flintoff completed his third spell - interrupted by bad light on Wednesday - at the start of a full session in chilly but sunny conditions and pounded in for a fourth before lunch. Again the England all-rounder looked in rude health, with no sign of any overnight reaction. No wicket for him but a big leap in the air for an early lbw appeal was not that of a man worrying about his ankle.
Ramprakash, not as fluent today, had already survived two streaky moments against Saj Mahmood when Oliver Newby, who had been bowling when Ramps was dropped behind the stumps on nought, deservedly claimed his wicket with the new ball. The third-wicket stand had been worth 218, Ramprakash scoring his runs off 205 deliveries in four hours and five minutes, with 19 fours.
Luke Sutton, whose mistake had cost a mere 118 runs, held on this time as Ramprakash, looking to drive, fell to a thin edge. Newby - unlucky again when Glen Chapple, losing the ball in the sun, dropped Mark Butcher's steepling top-edge - bowled superbly, regularly beating the bat.
He showed stamina, too, getting through 12 overs unchanged after Chapple injured his shoulder in his failed attempt to catch Butcher, who went on from his escape on 89 to reach 114 not out, joined on a bright county debut by Usman Afzaal, whose unbeaten 32 included a six off spinner Gary Keedy's first ball of the day.
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