Surrey pegged back by Gray's spin

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The unsung spinner Andy Gray kept up the pressure on relegation-threatened Surrey with three wickets in 10 balls for Yorkshire in their Championship First Division match at The Oval yesterday.

Playing in just his second game for the new champions, Gray claimed the wickets of Adam Hollioake, Alistair Brown and Alec Stewart to put his team back in the match.

The intervention of the 26-year-old came just as Surrey had looked set to cruise past Yorkshire's first innings total of 235. However Mark Ramprakash and Ben Hollioake put together a stand of 69 to keep the home side in control – 56 runs ahead with five wickets in hand.

At Chelmsford, Somerset dominated the second day against Essex. After posting 391, during which Jamie Cox took his overnight score to 186, Somerset bowled out their last-placed opponents for 172. But at least Essex steered clear of trouble in their second innings as Darren Robinson and Paul Grayson cleared 25 off the arrears before the close.

The medium pacer Richard Johnson and the off-spinner Keith Dutch were the two bowlers who put Essex on the rack. Johnson emerged with 5 for 40, while Dutch returned figures of 4 for 32 as the last six wickets fell for 29 in 14 overs.

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