Lunch Report: Surrey 537-5 dec v Lancashire 152-4 (45 overs)

Lunch on the third day (Surrey won toss
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Surrey know how Lancashire felt yesterday. Their boys are suffering just as much in the field, where Mark Ramprakash reacted as though his frozen fingers had been severed after getting in the way of one stinging edge in the gully. The temperature is still in single figures here - and there is not even any blue sky to cheer things up as the wind threatens to rip the pavilion flags from their moorings.

The difference is that, unlike Surrey on days one and two, Lancashire are struggling to make runs. There is more to interest the bowlers with the ball swinging a little under the overcast sky and the gloomy light cannot be helping the batsmen.

It all started well enough for Stuart Law’s team, with Paul Horton playing a couple of sweet shots through the offside to complete a 64-ball half century containing nine fours. Gary Keedy, the night watchman, confirmed he is no mug with the willow either, taking advantage of an attacking field with some decent drives. He had a let-off, too, when Mark Butcher, at first slip, put him down off Jimmy Ormond on 18.

But when Horton tickled one through to Jon Batty to give Ormond a well-deserved breakthrough, ending the third-wicket partnership at 62, Lancashire’s fortunes took a turn for the worse.

Chris Jordan replaced Pedro Collins at the pavilion end and saw off Keedy in his second over, making him duck a short one before unleashing a perfect off-stump yorker. In the next over, a brilliant throw from sub fielder Chris Schofield, running in from cover, ran out Mal Loye, answering Brad Hodge's call for a quick single.

With 236 more needed to avoid the follow-on, Lancashire have it all to do and the Aussies, Hodge and Law, carry a heavy responsibility.