WARWICKSHIRE V SURREY - Specsavers County
Championship - 15 August 2016
Surrey 252 & 390. Warwickshire 247 & 2-1.
Kumar Sangakkara made the smooth transition from
T20 to four day cricket to help Surrey tighten their grip on their
Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire at
The former Sri Lanka left-hander, playing
championship cricket for the first time in two months having helped
the Tallawahs win the Caribbean Premier League, stroked a stylish 88
against his former county which tipped the balance firmly in
Sangakkara narrowly missed out on the 56th
first-class century of his career but his efforts, and a breezy 62
from Sam Curran, sustained Surrey against a persistent attack and
took them to 390 all out, which left Warwickshire needing 396 for an
Surrey enjoyed the best batting conditions of the
match with a day of unbroken sunshine which were enjoyed by
nightwatchman Stuart Meaker who extended his shift until after lunch
for a defiant 41, his highest score in two years.
Meaker outlasted Rory Burns, who went LBW working
Oliver Hannon-Dalby off his legs, but his vigil of just short of
three hours ended when he was caught behind pushing forward to
Sangakkara, who shared a third wicket stand of 60
with Meaker, played positively and reached his 50 from 71 balls then
enjoyed a slice of luck on 76 when wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose was
unable to hold a chance off Patel.
Ambrose also missed a more difficult chance when
Zafar Ansari edged Chris Wright but he soon made amends which broke
a fourth wicket partnership of 61 with Sangakkara.
Jason Roy helped Sangakkara to up the tempo by
contributing 36 to a fifth wicket stand of 54 but the pair departed
in successive overs from Keith Barker after tea. Roy edged to Rikki
Clarke at slip and Sangakkara departed two balls later when he
nibbled to Ambrose having struck 12 fours from 126 balls.
Warwickshire needed to wrap up Surrey's second
innings quickly, instead the left-handed pair of Steve Davies and
Sam Curran clobbered 102 in 17 overs in an aggressive seventh wicket
Davies passed 1,000 first-class runs for the
season on his way to a chirpy 42 and Curran improvised audaciously,
pulling Hannon-Dalby one-handed for one of his three sixes.
The return of Chris Wright broke the stand as
Davies picked out deep midwicket and Tom Curran went next ball,
feathering a catch to Ambrose.
Sam Curran soon followed when he gave Ambrose his
fifth catch of the innings and Wright his fourth wicket and Mark
Footitt holed out to long on. Warwickshire faced an uncomfortable
two overs at the end of a testing day and lost Ian Westwood, LBW to
the fourth ball from Tom Curran, for a duck.
Warwickshire captain Ian Bell admitted that his
side face a tough last day which could define the rest of their
"We have still got a tough day tomorrow, we have
got to get out there and bat the day. In some ways it's a good
challenge for this group of players to get through," Bell said. "But
it's been a frustrating three days and couple of weeks actually so
we have got to get out there and make sure we fight as much as we
can for Warwickshire.
"It's a big day for us tomorrow. This has been a
big for us. Win this game we are in the mix, lose this game then we
have got to fight for the rest of the season to make sure we are
still in Division One.
"It's not panic stations but I want the guys to be
fighting for Warwickshire. Tomorrow is a day when we go out and bat
the day. I hope we have that mind set. It's not about waiting for
the next game. I want to make sure that tomorrow to everyone in the
dressing room is the most important day we have had this season."
Surrey paceman Stuart Meaker said that he expected
Warwickshire, who won by ten wickets when the sides met at Guildford
last month, to mount stiff resistance.
"We definitely owe them one. They out-performed us
down at Guildford and we were caught napping a little bit," Meaker
said. "We didn't post enough runs and a great partnership between
Bell and Trott saw them gain a lead and they pushed on from there.
"This time the shoe seems to be on the other
front. We have posted a good first innings total and backed it up
with a better second innings total.
"They are a good side, so they are not going to
just fold. It's going to be hard work, we can't go chasing the game.
But we are in a real good position going into tomorrow."
Kumar Sangakkara made the smooth transition from
T20 to four day cricket with a stylish half century which put Surrey
in command of their Specsavers County Championship match against
Warwickshire at Edgbaston.
The former Sri Lanka left-hander returned from
helping the Tallawahs win the Caribbean Premier League and reached
tea unbeaten on 85 in his first first-class match in two months.
Sangakkara, who played for Warwickshire in 2007,
shared a third wicket stand of 60 with nightwatchman Stuart Meaker
to take Surrey to 250 for four, a lead of 255.
Meaker extended his shift beyond lunch and batted
almost three hours for his 41, his highest score in two years,
before he was caught behind pushing forward to off-spinner Jeetan
Sangakkara pressed on to a 71-ball 50 then
survived a chance on 76 when wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose was unable to
hold a catch off Patel.
Nightwatchman Stuart Meaker put in a long shift of
overtime to help put Surrey into a handy position on the third day
of their Specsavers County Championship match against Warwickshire
Meaker, sent in an over from the close on Sunday
evening, batted throughout the first session for an unbeaten 29, his
highest score in two years, as Surrey reached lunch on 112 for two,
a lead of 117.
The pace bowler kept opener Rory Burns company in
a second wicket stand of 59 which frustrated Warwickshire for 90
minutes on a hot morning.
Burns was the main aggressor but he fell one short
of his second half century of the match when he went LBW trying to
work Oliver Hannon-Dalby off his legs.
Meaker remained defiant but needed luck to make it
through to lunch. A miscued pull off Chris Wright landed just short
of Laurie Evans at fine leg and Meaker then survived a difficult
stumping chance to Tim Ambrose when he went down the pitch to one
that turned sharply off Jeetan Patel.