5.38pm – Close Play has been abandoned for the day here. Surrey 292-6 in the 74th over.
5pm Kent seconds have been bowled out for 296 at Folkstone as Yorkshire bid to claim the Second XI Championship title. We think it’s around 8-10 that Yorkshire will need this week to secure it. Harry Sullivan has taken four wickets.
4.46pm Bad light. Surrey 292-6 in the 74th over. Clark 55, Overton nine.
4.25pm WICKET! Pope bowled by Patterson for a fine 136, ending a 142 partnership with Clark by taking his fourth wicket. Surrey are 278-6 in the 69th over. Clark has just reached his fifty.
4.15pm The floodlights are on at the Oval. Surrey are 265-5 in the 67th over. Pope has 128 of them and Clark 45.
4.05pm Surrey 251-5 in the 65th over, the first of the evening bowled by Patterson. Pope 123 and Clark 36.
Tea Report A positive unbeaten century from England’s Ollie Pope on a pitch which has seamed has given Surrey the advantage two thirds the way through day one at the Micky Stewart Oval.
Jonny Tattersall elected to bowl this morning on a green tinged pitch, and the majority of Surrey’s batters have played with great caution, even suspicion.
However, coming in at 53-2 in the 22nd over for the LV= Insurance County Championship leaders, Pope has taken the game on to push the tea-time score to 246-5 from 64 overs.
The England Test number three, batting at four for his county, has attacked against seam and spin to reach 122 not out from 124 balls.
Though not without fortune – he got a leading edge off Ben Coad just over mid-off’s head immediately after lunch, for example – Pope has used his feet with great reward, scoring his 15th first-class century and second against Yorkshire.
Surrey were 82-3 in the 28th over at lunch and later fell to 136-5 in the 42nd, with Steve Patterson striking twice in the over to get Ben Foakes caught behind off inside-edge and body for 19 and Cameron Steel caught at first slip for nought.
Pope has since shared an unbroken 110 partnership for the sixth wicket with Jordan Clark, who will begin the evening session unbeaten on 32, to change the complexion of the day.
3.43pm – Tea Surrey have advanced to 246-5 from 64 overs. Pope 122 and Clark 32 have given the hosts the advantage after two early afternoon Patterson wickets. They have shared 110 unbroken.
3.36pm Century partnership between Pope (117) and Clark (29). Surrey 239-5 after 62 overs.
3.21pm While the majority of Surrey’s batters have played with great caution on this pitch – even suspicion – Pope has come out with real intent and has put Yorkshire on the back foot. Surrey are 214-5 in the 59th over.
3.13pm Pope reaches his century off 102 balls, reversing seeping Bess’s first ball for four. Surrey 208-5 in the 56th over.
3.06pm Pope ramps Thompson for six to move to 96. Surrey 203-5 after 54 overs. He has raced through the eighties and nineties.
2.44pm Surrey 172-5 in the 50th over. Pope has moved to 75 and Clark 10.
2.09pm WICKET! Steel caught at first slip by Kohler-Cadmore two balls later. Patterson strikes again, his third wicket. Gone for nought. Surrey 136-5 in the 42nd over.
2.06pm WICKET! Foakes caught behind off Patterson, 19. Inside-edge onto body and it’s looped through to Tattersall. Surrey 136-4 in the 42nd. Interesting one, as umpire Wharf didn’t give it but Foakes walked off.
1.56pm England’s Pope reaches his half-century off 57 balls with 7×4s. Surrey are 126-3 in the 41st over. Foakes has 14.
1.43pm Kent seconds are 125-4 in the early stages of the afternoon against Yorkshire art Folkstone.
1.35pm Surrey have moved to 111-3 in the 35th over. Pope 42 and Foakes seven. Luckless start to the session for Yorkshire as two confident caught behind shouts turned down plus Pope getting a leading edge off Coad just over mid-off.
1.11pm We are up and running after lunch. Surrey are 86-3 in the 29th over. Yorkshire are now faced with Surrey’s England pair Pope (23) and Foakes (2). Coad and Hill have the bowling duties after lunch.
Lunch Report Ben Coad and Steve Patterson have claimed morning wickets as Surrey reached lunch on day one at the Micky Stewart Oval on 82-3 in the 28th over, the former striking for the second time in the final over of the session.
Jonny Tattersall elected to bowl on a green-tinged pitch offering seam more than swing, with Coad’s late strike evening up a session which had edged Surrey’s way.
Ben Mike has been handed his Yorkshire debut, bowling four pacy overs for 27.
Yorkshire struck in the fifth over when Coad had home captain Rory Burns caught at first slip, leaving the score at 4-1, before Patterson had Hashim Amla caught at third slip – 53-2 in the 22nd.
Both batters edged into the slips feeling for balls outside off-stump.
England batter Ollie Pope has started busily and will begin the afternoon on 21. Patel was more watchful for 41 before edging Coad to first slip, where Tom Kohler-Cadmore claimed his second catch.
Like Burns and Amla, Patel was also undone feeling for one outside off-stump.
12.31pm – Lunch WICKET! Patel edges Coad to Kohler-Cadmore at first slip in the morning’s final over, 41. Surrey reach lunch at 82-3 in the 28th over.
12.18pm Former PM John Major is here at the Oval today, a change in scene from yesterday, when he attended the Queen’s Funeral at Westminster Abbey.
12.03pm WICKET! Amla caught at third slip by Fraine off Patterson, 14. Surrey 53-2 in the 22nd over. Pope comes in to join Patel, who has 33.
11.58am Ben Mike’s first spell in a Yorkshire shirt yields 0-27 from four overs. Surrey are 52-1 in the 21st over, bowled by Thompson.
11.49am Three boundaries in a row for Patel off Mike. Surrey have moved to 51-1 in the 19th. Patel 33, Amla 12. We have a change of ball as well.
11.22am Just away from Yorkshire matters for a second, Diamonds star Lauren Winfield-Hill has signed on to play in the Big Bash next month for Melbourne Stars. She joins Alice Capsey as an overseas player.
11.19am Patterson and Mike have replaced Thompson and Coad in the attack. Surrey 17-1 in the 13th.
11.11am Surrey are 13-1 after 10 overs. Patel nine, Amla four.
10.47am WICKET! Burns caught at first slip by Kohler-Cadmore off Coad, 0. Surrey are 4-1 in the fifth over. Certainly a bit in this pitch.
10.36am Yorkshire seconds are in action as well this week, playing Kent at Folkstone in the final Championship game of the season.
Yorkshire are top of the table, and we believe that around the 8-10 point mark will secure the title given the title is decided on average points.
10.32am You can view today’s action via Surrey’s YouTube channel, for which the link is below.
10.11am Surrey: Burns c, Patel, Amla, Pope, Foakes w, Steel, Clark, Lawes, J Overton, Roach, Worrall.
Yorkshire: Lyth, Bean, Hill, Kohler-Cadmore, Fraine, Tattersall c&w, Bess, Thompson, Mike, Coad, Patterson.
10.07am Yorkshire have won the toss and will bowl here at the Oval.
9.25am Before we get going, let’s have a look elsewhere around the circuit at the games going on this week.
Essex v Lancashire, Chelmsford
Gloucestershire v Warwickshire, Bristol
Hampshire v Kent, Ageas Bowl
Somerset v Northamptonshire, Taunton
Durham v Sussex, Riverside
Glamorgan v Derbyshire, Sophia Gardens
Leicestershire v Middlesex, Grace Road
Worcestershire v Nottinghamshire, New Road
9.20am The Oval has been renamed the Micky Stewart Oval, taking over from sponsors Kia, for just this week as Surrey celebrate their legend’s 90th birthday. He celebrated his birthday on Friday.
Good morning from the Micky Stewart Oval, where it is a glorious day for the start of our LV= Insurance County Championship clash with Surrey, starting at 10.30am.
There are no issues about starting on time. The sun is shining, and it’s pleasantly warm.
This is the penultimate of the summer, which starts with Surrey at the top of the Division One table, holding an eight-point advantage over Hampshire.
Yorkshire are sixth in the table, 17 points clear of second-bottom Warwickshire.
As I type, captain Jonny Tattersall is having a net and Jordan Thompson is in the middle marking his run-up.
There will be a live stream available shortly before we get going at 10.30am. Enjoy the day.