Match Report – SUR vs WARKS twenty fifth Match, Could 10 – 13, 2024

Surrey 464 (Smith 155, Abbott 50*, Miles 5-43) and 31 for 0 want an extra 58 to beat Warwickshire 343 and 209 (Yates 52, Roach 6-46)

County champions Surrey are on the cusp of a 3rd successive Division One victory, with Kemar Roach taking a superlative 6 for 46 to cut back Warwickshire to 209 all out of their second innings after a superb 155 from Jamie Smith had guided them to a 121-run midway lead.

Surrey want simply one other 58 runs to finish a formidable Vitality County Championship win on the Kia Oval, openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley taking them to 31 with out loss at stumps as they chase an 89-run goal.

Smith, who started day three on 98, was joined by Sean Abbott in an excellent ninth wicket stand of 115 in little greater than 18 overs, a county document towards Warwickshire, hauling Surrey as much as 464 all out from their in a single day 327 for six in reply to Warwickshire’s first innings 343.

Roach, discovering typical and reverse swing with each new and older ball, took three of the primary 4 wickets to fall earlier than returning later to seize three extra scalps in a beautiful exhibition of managed fast-medium bowling.

Warwickshire’s hopes of combating again to set Surrey a difficult fourth-innings goal had already been dented when Abbott pulled off a surprising caught and bowled, low down from a fierce drive, to dismiss first-innings centurion Ed Barnard for 44.

Roach struck in his second over with the brand new ball, pinning Warwickshire captain Alex Davies leg-before for 3, and Jordan Clark produced a superb supply to have Will Rhodes caught behind for 21 after a second-wicket partnership of 51 with Rob Yates.

Left-hander Yates performed some pretty pictures in his 68-ball 52 however fell to the second ball of Roach’s second spell when he aimed a pull at one which was not fairly brief sufficient for the stroke and misplaced his off stump. And Roach continued his acquainted around-the-wicket angle to a different left-hander, Dan Mousley, to have him lbw for two with a perfectly-pitched inswinger.

Warwickshire have been rallied by a 75-run alliance for the fifth wicket between Sam Hain and Barnard, however Abbott’s athleticism ended Barnard’s 94-ball keep and Roach then returned for a spell on the Vauxhall Finish to bowl Jacob Bethell, shouldering arms, for 4.

Roach additionally bowled Hain for a cussed 34 and Aamer Jamal for 1, each with inswingers of near-yorker size, and Dan Worrall polished off Warwickshire’s innings by trapping Ollie Hannon-Dalby in entrance of his stumps. Craig Miles was unable to bat due to broken proper ankle ligaments.

Resuming with a deficit of simply 16 in reply to Warwickshire’s first innings of 343, Surrey quickly misplaced Cameron Metal and Clark to a second new ball that was nonetheless solely seven overs previous at first of play.

Metal chased a Jamal outswinger and edged behind to go with out addition to his in a single day 4, and Clark – after seeing Smith to 3 figures and hitting two luxurious boundaries himself – chopped on towards Hannon-Dalby.

That left Surrey 349 for 8 within the 93rd over however so properly did Smith and Abbott bat that the champions didn’t solely ensure of a 3rd and fourth batting bonus level, they even reached a most 5 because the pair overtook the county’s earlier document ninth-wicket partnership towards Warwickshire of 107 – scored at Edgbaston in 1926 by Douglas Jardine and Ted Brooks.

Abbott introduced up the 400 by crashing Barnard excessive over vast midwicket for six, with a brutal swing of his bat, and there was additionally a traditional off-driven 4 towards Rhodes’ medium tempo, whereas Smith merely continued the place he left off on Saturday night by mixing accountable ‘anchor position’ defence with a stream of high quality strokes.

Smith’s third six, swung over midwicket off Rhodes, was a colossal blow past the longest boundary and he then pulled successive Barnard deliveries dismissively for fours.

Having denied Warwickshire a remaining bowling level, nonetheless, Smith aimed an expansive drive at Barnard and skied to deep additional cowl the place Davies took a wonderful tumbling catch to finish one of many innings of the season up to now.

Three balls later Worrall swished at Barnard, edged to Yates at slip and it was time for Warwickshire to face only one over of their second innings earlier than the lunch interval – bowled by Dan Lawrence, and costing seven runs. It proved to be a lot harder going towards the Surrey quicks within the afternoon.

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