Dunn and Linley give Surrey late surge
Derbyshire 400 for 9 dec and 35 for 4 v Surrey 358
Four of Surrey's top order hit half-centuries before rookie pace bowler Matthew Dunn had Derbyshire reeling on the third day of the County Championship Division Two match at the County Ground.
After Rory Hamilton-Brown, Zander de Bruyn, Mark Davies and Tom Maynard took advantage of poor bowling to limit Derbyshire to a first innings lead of 42, Dunn marked his Championship debut by removing both openers.
The 19-year-old, who was only drafted in after Jade Dernbach was called up by England, reduced the hosts to 14 for 2 and Tim Linley then struck twice in a dramatic last hour. At the close, Derbyshire were 35 for 4, only 77 runs ahead, to give Surrey a chance of forcing victory despite the loss of the second day to rain.
Derbyshire had started day three well placed and Luke Sutton declared immediately they secured maximum batting points for the second game running. But his bowlers did not perform and Surrey's task of reaching the follow-on target of 251 was helped by the home side conceding 28 runs in no-balls.
Derbyshire improved to take the last six wickets for 25 in 10 overs after tea but Dunn and Linley then put Surrey in the driving seat. Linley struck twice in the morning to finish with a career-best haul of six for 81 before Sutton declared one run short of his half-century.
Derbyshire needed early wickets to put pressure on the visitors but they served up too many balls that Hamilton-Brown and Jason Roy could dispatch to the boundary. The bowlers were also guilty of over-stepping far too often although ironically it was off a no-ball from Tony Palladino that Brown's straight drive was deflected onto the stumps to run Roy out for 31 out of 63 in the ninth over.
Greg Smith showed there was something in the pitch when he got a delivery to take off to have Mark Ramprakash superbly caught by Martin Guptill diving full length at gully for 5 - but Derbyshire could not maintain a consistent line or length.
Hamilton-Brown plundered 14 fours in his run-a-ball 69 before he carved Palladino to point where Wayne Madsen took the catch at the second attempt and de Bruyn found the ropes 10 times in his half-century. Steffan Jones nipped one back to bowl him for 53 but Davies and Maynard took Surrey to a third batting point with a fifth-wicket stand of 123 in 25 overs.
Davies drove Chesney Hughes's slow-left arm spin to cover on 78 to start a collapse but Dunn and Linley put Surrey on top. Dunn sent back Madsen and Guptill in successive overs and Linley struck another big blow when he ripped out first innings century maker Chesney Hughes' middle stump before dismissing nightwatchman Palladino in the penultimate over.