All square as Brown cuts loose
Surrey 460 (Brown 152*, Thornely 81, Clinton 73, Richardson 6-106) lead Middlesex 437 by 23 runs
The beauty of Brown is you know what you are getting, and he was soon into his stride after Alan Richardson had removed Richard Clinton without adding to his overnight 73. Brown was in no mood to be subdued, and from the moment Richardson struck again, Jonathan Batty holing out to Paul Weekes at third man, Surrey took firm control.
Brown and Dominic Thornely feasted on Middlesex's all-seam attack cutting and driving with power and authority. Thornely, who a week ago was chilling out doing a little fishing in Australia, found his stride and hit the shot of the day, a straight drive which shattered a window in the refurbished pavilion.
Bicknell eventually fell for 33 to a questionable leg-before to the occasional seam of Ed Joyce, the eighth bowler used by Ben Hutton, and as Brown cut loose, Surrey's tail fell away in the hunt for quick runs as the gloom descended.
If Brown dominated with bat, it was yet another successful day for Richardson whose six wickets took his season total to 38, the same as his previous best in a whole summer.
Martin Williamson is managing editor of Cricinfo