WARWICKSHIRE V SURREY - Specsavers County
Championship - 14 August 2016
Surrey 252 & 33-1. Warwickshire 247.
Eighteen-year-old seam-bowler Sam Curran took the
starring role with five wickets as Warwickshire and Surrey delivered
a superb day of Specsavers County Championship cricket at Edgbaston.
Curran, playing only his 13th first-class match,
took five for 44, including a devastating burst of three for two in
18 balls, to leave the home side reeling at 101 for six in reply to
Surrey's 252. But led by Keith Barker (62, 82 balls, ten fours) and
Ian Bell (43, 130 balls, four fours), Warwickshire recovered to
reach 247, a deficit of just five runs, before Surrey reached 33 for
one second time round in 15 overs up to the close.
On an excellent pitch, offering reward for all
types of bowler and demanding high batting skills, the contest has
been utterly compelling and of an intensity, quality and drama
redolent of Test cricket. A good-sized crowd was engrossed all day
and ended it without a clue which way the game will swing next.
Warwickshire began their first innings at start of
play and soon lost Varun Chopra, who edged Tom Curran to Jason Roy
at second slip. Ian Westwood and Jonathan Trott added 40 from 15
overs before falling in the space of nine balls from Stuart Meaker.
Trott, on 13, edged an attempted cut and wicketkeeper Steven Davies
parried the ball to Kumar Sangakkara at slip. Westwood reached 45
(92 balls, nine fours), his championship-best this season, then
edged to Roy.
From 91 for three at lunch, Warwickshire then had
their middle-order ripped out by that high-class salvo from Sam
Curran. Laurie Evans and Tim Ambrose were caught by Rory Burns in
the gully, in the latter case quite brilliantly, and Rikki Clarke
fell lbw to a swinging yorker.
That was 101 for six but Bell and Barker added 95
in 28 overs - the biggest partnership of the match so far. While
Barker was aggressive, Bell was at his most resolute and it took a
near-unplayable ball to remove him when Sam Curran got one to rear
off a length and Dominic Sibley made no mistake in the slips.
When Sibley pounced again to end Barker's
resistance, Curran had his five-for but Jeetan Patel (29, 30 balls)
and Chris Wright (18 not out, 26 balls) ensured that 50 were added
for the last two wickets to take their side almost to parity.
Patel then had Sibley well-caught by a diving
Westwood at short leg in the penultimate over of the day.
Warwickshire all-rounder Keith Barker said: "The
game is in the balance. We have managed to get ourselves back in the
game. It would have been better if we had been able to go past them
but it is going to be a big day for us tomorrow.
"There are runs to be scored there. You have just
got to stay out there long enough for the bad balls to come. It may
take a while but you have got to latch on to them if you get the
"There is still a bit of movement in the pitch and
we have just got to squeeze them tomorrow and put them under
pressure. The pitch might deteriorate a little bit so that will give
Jeets something to work with.
"It is effectively a one-innings game so if we can
get some wickets tomorrow it will change the game massively."
Surrey assistant coach Stuart Barnes said: "It's
been a pretty good day. We took ten wickets in around 78 overs and
that was the goal at the start of the day.
"Sam really deserved his five wickets. He came off
the back of a really good first spell and then came up with a great
spell after lunch. We talked about using the surface because it's
offering a little bit of nip and we were able to swing the ball all
day, which helped.
"We weren't 100 per cent happy with the first
session of the day. There were lots of good things going on in it
but we didn't get it quite right. But after lunch we bowled lots of
maidens and reinforced all the basics that we know we are good at.
"Now we have to bat well tomorrow. We are just one
or two partnerships away from being able to set them a total that is
going to be competitive. It's about batting a long time and putting
some pressure on Warwickshire."
Ian Bell and Keith Barker engineered a fightback
for Warwickshire after their team was rocked by a superb spell by
18-year-old Surrey seamer Sam Curran on the second afternoon of
their Specsavers County Championship match at Edgbaston.
In reply to Surrey's 252 all out, Warwickshire
went into tea on 172 for six with Bell (36, 119 balls) and Barker
(46, 68) having added an unbroken 71.
They came together at 101 for six after
Warwickshire began the afternoon decently placed at 91 for three but
were left reeling by Curran's fiery burst. He had Laurie Evans and
Tim Ambrose superbly caught by Rory Burns in the gully and then
trapped Rikki Clarke lbw with a swinging yorker.
But Bell dropped anchor deep and was
well-supported by Barker who played more forcefully, hitting eight
fours, to pull their side towards parity in an engrossing match in
front of a good-sized Edgbaston crowd.
Surrey made inroads into Warwickshire's first
innings on the second morning of their Specsavers County
Championship match at Edgbaston as the Bears reached 91 for three in
reply to Surrey's 252.
Having been saved an awkward three overs batting
last night by bad light, Warwickshire began their innings this
morning and were put under immediate pressure by accurate opening
spells from Tom and Sam Curran.
Tom was rewarded by the wicket of Varun Chopra
who, on eight, edged to Jason Roy at second slip.
Ian Westwood and Jonathan Trott added 40 from 15
overs before both fell in the space of nine balls from Stuart
Trott, on 13, edged an attempted cut and
wicketkeeper Steven Davies parried the ball to Kumar Sangakkara at
skip. Westwood, who had taken 25 balls to get off the mark, reached
45 (92 balls, nine fours) then edged to Roy in the cordon.