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Last Updated: Thursday, 20 September 2007, 18:08 GMT 19:08 UK
Lancashire hopes suffer big blow
County Championship D1, The Brit Oval, day two (close): Surrey 427-9d & 21-0 v Lancashire 234

Lancashire's hopes of winning a first Championship title for 73 years took a massive hit after they were bowled out for 234 on day two against Surrey.

VVS Laxman (53) was the only batsman to pass fifty as Matt Nicholson (3-30) and Chris Jordan (3-50) made the most of the overcast conditions at The Oval.

The hosts did not enforce the follow-on and reached 21-0, some 214 runs ahead.

Earlier, Mark Ramprakash was out for 196 before Surrey declared their first innings on a commanding 427-9.

Lancashire, who lead Division One by just six points, quickly removed Ramprakash as Surrey added just 53 more runs to their overnight total before declaring.

Visiting captain Mark Chilton hit the first ball for four but was soon out lbw to a toe-crushing yorker from Australian seamer Nicholson.

Nicholson struck again to remove Steven Croft for a duck in his next over as Lancashire slumped to 8-2.

Stuart Law (45) and Paul Horton (48) got Lancashire through to lunch but, with their side needing a win to keep Sussex and Durham at bay, had to bat on in bad light.

Law, Horton, Luke Sutton and Glen Chapple all fell before lunch and tea and only VVS Laxman (53) looked like getting the big score the visitors wanted.

He went after tea and only some late hitting from Dominic Cork (46 not out) helped Lancashire push up their score.

We certainly could have played better. There is no way we should have been bowled out for 230

Mark Chilton

Ramprakash had earlier appeared to be setting his sights on a 14th double-century.

But having been rarely tempted to hook, he had a go at the 282nd ball he faced and was well caught by Oliver Newby running in at long-leg off Chapple.

It meant Surrey's run-machine would have to make three figures in his last innings to reach an aggregate of 2,000 for the second year running.

Skipper Chilton said: "We're very disappointed. We've pretty much been second-best both days.

"We all realise that 230 is well below par on that wicket for a side with the quality we've got.

"We're slightly aggrieved. I think we've been on the rough end of a couple of decisions - but I don't think we've helped ourselves.

"We certainly could have played better. There is no way we should have been bowled out for 230."

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