Surrey and Warwickshire set up tense final day
18:21 25 May 2012
Warwickshire (247 & 181-5) need 41 runs to beat Surrey (223 & 245)
Surrey and Warwickshire will go into the final day with the game on a knife-edge and both sides sniff the opportunity of a victory.
The visitors need 41 more runs with five wickets in tact as Tim Ambrose scored an unbeaten 74 to put his side in this position.
The south Londoners could only add 100 to their total in the morning as Jeetan Patel picked up six wickets but had reduced the visitors to 37-4 early in their second innings with Gareth Batty claiming four to take his tally to 10 for the match.
Surrey started the day at 144-4, a lead of 120 with the game hanging in the balance.
Tom Maynard started the day at 21* and he added four before he prodded forward to Patel and was caught by Varun Chopra.
Chris Jordan came out to join Jacques Rudolph with the lead at 124 with the home side looking to set Warwickshire a competitive target.
The visitors picked up the vital wicket when Patel bowled Rudolph, as the South African tried to whip the ball away from the leg side and both overnight batsmen departed with less than 20 runs added to the overnight score.
Batty tried to be positive but chipped Patel straight to mid-on where Chris Woakes claimed the catch.
Jon Lewis came in and between him and Jordan Surrey managed to reach their highest partnership in the match with 54.
But it all ended when Lewis chipped Patel to William Porterfield to give the Kiwi his fifth wicket.
With the clock striking one o’clock Jordan departed for 40 to delay the lunch break by half an hour, adjudged LBW by Patel.
Jade Dernbach came to the crease and struck a four but as he tried to repeat the feat he was clean bowled by Woakes to leave Warwickshire with a target of 222.
Out came Ian Westwood along with Chopra as the Midlands side looked to make an impact on the target.
Dernbach did the job in the first game as he angled the ball into Chopra, who scored 78 in the first innings, to send the opener back for a duck.
Batty came into the attack and four balls later he lured Westwood into the shot and he edged behind to Maynard.
Jim Troughton was the next man to go, sweeping Batty in his next over to depart for a duck and his average tumbled to 6.25 for the season.
Darren Maddy was next to the crease and he departed soon after when he drove the ball straight back to Batty for his ninth in the game.
Tim Ambrose came out and he and William Porterfield batted positively to register a partnership of 45 before tea and reduce the target to 140.
And the Irishman carried on after tea and brought up his half-century as he looked to deal with the spin competently.
Ambrose then brought up his 50 when he guided Dernbach away for four as the target moved into double figures.
But with 74 remaining Batty had Porterfield adjudged for LBW to break the 111 partnership and bring in Rikki Clarke.
Clarke batted sensibly but Ambrose picked up a five thanks to four overthrows, which meant the target dropped below 50.
And the pair saw out the remaining overs and require 41 more runs to win, while Surrey need five wickets.