WARWICKSHIRE V SURREY - Specsavers County
Championship - 13 August 2016
Surrey 252. Warwickshire.
Warwickshire spinner Jeetan Patel was again a
thorn in Surrey's side as they were bowled out for 252 on the
opening day of their Specsavers County Championship match at
Patel, who took ten wickets during Warwickshire's
emphatic victory at Guildford in early July, added another four on
his home ground to take his championship tally this season to 45.
Having chosen to bat, Surrey saw several players
get in but none play a major innings. Rory Burns (50, 153 balls),
Kumar Sangakkara (47, 96), Steven Davies (38, 60) and Dominic Sibley
(33, 89) put down roots but were then prised out by an attack which,
led by Patel (four for 58) and Rikki Clarke (three for 46),
maintained pressure all day.
After the formality of the toss (Surrey have won
32 of the last 35, Warwickshire just one in the championship all
season) openers Burns and Sibley added 62 in 27.3 overs before the
latter bat-padded Patel to short leg. Burns ground on to a
half-century before Patel switched to the Pavilion End and won an
Sangakkara and Zafar Ansari took their side to a
promising 146 for two just before tea but then perished to
indiscrete shots to successive balls. Ansari edged an attempted
drive at Olly Hannon-Dalby to third slip and Sangakkara tried to
force Patel and sliced to slip.
Jason Roy was reprieved by a dropped catch at long
leg on five and a missed stumping on 11, but failed to exploit his
good fortune, edging Clarke to the wicketkeeper. His was the first
of three wickets in a fiery evening spell by the former Surrey
player. After Davies leading-edged Patel to extra cover, Clarke
struck quickfire blows by forcing the Curran brothers to send
catches behind the stumps.
Stuart Meaker top-edged a pull at Chris Wright and
was well-caught by Varun Chopra running back from slip. Captain
Gareth Batty counter-attacked effectively for 27 (23 balls) to lift
his side to a second batting point before bring pinned lbw by Keith
Warwickshire were then spared an awkward three
overs batting before the close by bad light. Surrey are without Ben
Foakes (quad strain), rested as a precaution ahead of next
Thursday's Royal London Cup quarter-final at Northampton, while
Warwickshire make two changes in the top order. Opener Ian Westwood
has replaced the out-of-form Andy Umeed while Laurie Evans, recalled
from a loan spell at Northamptonshire, has come in for Sam Hain
Warwickshire captain Ian Bell said: "It was a
really good day's work by the bowlers. To be honest, I didn't think
we got absolutely everything we deserved. In the morning the guys
were outstanding and only got the one wicket but at the end of the
day to bowl them out for 252 was a really good effort. It's a good
cricket wicket with a bit of pace and good carry and a bit in it for
everyone. The bowlers did really well to keep them down to around
two an over, especially with such a small boundary on one side.
Jeetan and Rikki were the standouts but the bowlers collectively
were very good.
"We are going to have to bat well. There is no
doubt we have the quality to do that but we are going to have to
work hard. It should be a really good game of cricket.
"With regard to tosses, I've given up on them!
Hopefully it will change at some point but it's certainly not
helping us. I'll have to work on the technique over the winter and
see if I can come back a bit better next season."
Surrey batsman Rory Burns said: "They were tough
batting conditions. It seamed all day and it's quite tufty sort of
grass so it helped the spinner and the ball swung for them as well
so it was a pretty tough day.
"I don't think we ever really felt in in any part
of that innings but we have got to try to make 252 look as good as
it can be tomorrow. Hopefully conditions won't change too much and
it might be a good score, you never know.
"Warwickshire's bowlers have pretty much given us
the blueprint there. You've got to stay disciplined and hold your
length and make batters come to you because there is so much
assistance in the pitch at the minute. If that continues to happen
it's the complete opposite of the pitch down at Hampshire where it
was a flat wicket. Here the pitch is going to help you out so you
don't have to go searching."
Surrey were hit by a double-blow just before tea
as they sought to build an imposing first-innings total after
choosing to bat against Warwickshire in their Specsavers County
Championship tussle at Edgbaston.
The visitors went into tea on 151 for four from 64
overs after two sessions of obdurate batting against accurate
Having lost only Dominic Sibley (caught at
short-leg off Jeetan Patel for 33 from 89 balls) before lunch,
Surrey resumed on 63 for one and Rory Burns ground on to a
workmanlike half-century. The opener fell for 50 (153 balls, six
fours) when Patel switched to the Pavilion End and won an lbw
decision but Kumar Sangakkara and Zafar Ansari took the score to a
promising 146 for two just before tea.
They then fell to successive balls though, Ansari
edging Olly Hannon-Dalby to Evans at third slip and Sangakkara
edging Patel to Rikki Clarke at slip to fall for 47 (96 balls, five
fours and a six).
Surrey made slow but solid progress to 63 for one
at lunch after choosing to bat against Warwickshire in their
Specsavers County Championship match at Edgbaston.
After the formality of the toss (Surrey have won
32 of the last 35, Warwickshire have won one in the championship all
season) the visitors' openers Rory Burns and Dominic Sibley knuckled
down hard to supply their side a foundation with a half-century
There was plenty of playing and missing as all
four seamers - Chris Wright, Keith Barker, Rikki Clarke and Olly
Hannon-Dalby - bowled accurately, but the openers added 62 in 27.3
overs before Sibley (33, 89 balls, six fours) bat-padded spinner
Jeetan Patel to Ian Westwood at short leg.
Burns went into lunch unbeaten on 26 (80 balls)
with Kumar Sangakkara, back from Caribbean Premier League duty,
still to score.
Surrey are without Ben Foakes (quad strain),
rested as a precaution ahead of next Thursday's Royal London Cup
quarter-final at Northampton, while Warwickshire selected opener Ian
Westwood in place of the out-of-form Andy Umeed and Laurie Evans,
recalled from a loan spell at Northamptonshire, for Sam Hain (sore