LV County Championship – Division One
Edgbaston – day four
Warwickshire 285 (M J Powell 82, J O Troughton 76) & 264 (I J Westwood 79) v Surrey 373 (M R Ramprakash 175) & 179-1 (S A Newman 87, J N Batty 68 no)
Surrey (21pts) beat Warwickshire (5pts) by 9 wkts
Surrey are virtually assured of Division One survival after chasing down a target of 177 to beat Warwickshire on the final day at Edgbaston.
Scott Newman and Jon Batty shared an opening stand of 149 to turn a potentially tricky run-chase into a formality.
Rookie paceman Chris Woakes did have Newman caught behind for 87 from 119 balls, but that was the only breakthrough for the hosts.
Mark Ramprakash (15no) joined Batty (68no) in an unbroken second-wicket stand of 30 that saw Surrey to victory.
The defeat means Warwickshire are in danger of joining Worcestershire in being relegated from Division One.
The Bears now sit third-bottom, nine points ahead of Kent, but have only one game remaining, whereas Kent still have two fixtures.
Surrey require 175 runs for victory on day four at Edgbaston, to ensure their top-flight status for another season.
Mark Butcher’s side establised an 88-run first-innings lead, after being bowled out for 373.
Ian Westwood (79) and the lower order offered some resistance, but Warwickshire only managed 264 in their second innings to post the visitors a target of 177 for victory.
Jim Troughton came in at number seven because of a sore back, making 43 and Neil Carter added a valuable 27, but Tim Ambrose’s side are still in danger of the drop.
Jade Dernbach, Chris Jordan, James Ormond, Murtaza Hussain and Matt Nicholson were all in the wickets as Warwickshire wilted.
Mark Ramprakash hit his eighth first-class hundred of the season as Surrey finished day two of the relegation tussle on 344-8.
The former England batsman struck 25 fours and two sixes in his innings of 175, his third successive ton against the Bears.
No other Surrey batsmen managed to reach 50, meaning they only lead by 59 runs with two wickets remaining in their first innings.
Ramprakash was dropped once on 104 before going on to share a crucial 75-run stand with James Benning.
He was eventually dismissed after over seven hours at the crease by former Derbyshire off-spinner Ant Botha.
Matt Nicholson added a quick-fire 41 to boost the visitors’ score as they battle for valuable bonus points.
A late batting collapse undid all their good work as Warwickshire relinquished the initiative against Surrey.
Michael Powell (82) and Jim Troughton (76) gave the home fans plenty to cheer about, adding 149 in an entertaining third wicket stand.
However, Troughton’s demise sparked a collapse that saw the last eight wickets fall for 92, with Chris Jordan, Matt Nicholson and Jimmy Ormond all benefiting from some tentative batting.
Powell looked particularly fluent as he moved to his first championship 50 in two years as he returned to the fray, but got out of shape as he spooned a catch to mid on from the bowling of Jade Dernbach.
Surrey made steady inroads after losing Scott Newman for a duck – Jonathan Batty was dropped in the slips and edged a ball onto his stumps that failed to dislodge the bails as they reached 41-1 in 24 overs.
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