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by Tom Moore, at the Kia Oval
Thursday, May 24, 2012
Day Two: Surrey (223 & 144-4) lead Warwickshire (247) by 120 runs
Surrey spinner Gareth Batty claimed six wickets as the south Londoners wrestled back the initiative against Warwickshire
Despite beautiful conditions, 13 wickets fell in the day as the pitch looked to suit the spinners.
The visitors lost five wickets for 27 runs after the lunch break as Batty and Rory Hamilton-Brown ripped through the lower order.
Batty was the star as he picked up his Surrey best of 6-73 as the Warwickshire batsmen could not deal with his off-spin from around the wicket as the visitors were bowled out for 247.
Warwickshrie resumed on 106-1 with William Porterfield (32*) and Varun Chopra (59) the not out batsman overnight.
Porterfield immediately added four to his total, driving Dernbach down the ground.
Things went from bad to worse when poor fielding from Stuart Meaker and Chris Jordan turned Chopra’s single into five.
But with 25 runs added to their overnight score Porterfield departed for 46, caught by Tom Maynard off the bowling of Gareth Batty.
Stuart Meaker’s introduction brought about the downfall of Jim Troughton, who was comprehensively bowled by the young paceman.
Batty kept twirling away and grabbed the vital wicket of Chopra as the Warwickshire batsman was bowled for 76.
This led to former England wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose joining former England opener Darren Maddy at the crease.
And the pair saw the visitors through to 182-4 at lunch with Maddy on 14 and Ambrose on 19.
But in the second over after the interval a quick delivery from Meaker cannoned onto Maddy’s pads and the former England opener was sent on his way.
Surrey captain Rory Hamilton-Brown brought himself into the attack and he grabbed a wicket with his first ball of the spell, bowling Tim Ambrose.
The wicket brought England One Day International Chris Woakes to the crease.
Batty joined the party and he had Clarke adjudged LBW to leave Warwickshire needing another 16 runs to move ahead of Surrey.
The off spinner then grabbed two wickets in two balls. Batty lured Keith Barker out of his crease with Steven Davies completing the stumping before New Zealand international Jeetan Patel lobbed a return catch to give the 34-year-old his fifth wicket and set up a hat-trick ball.
Chris Wright was the man to face it and he managed to prevent the hat-trick and helped his side pass Surrey’s score.
But Batty ended the innings as Wright was caught by Jason Roy and the 34-year-old ended with 6-73 – his best return for Surrey.
Surrey’s opening partnership of Davies and Jason Roy set about eradicating the 24 run deficit, which they did in the fourth over as the latter hit Barker for two fours off his second over.
But with a lead of just 12, Davies departed – caught by Ambrose down the leg side off the bowling of Barker.
Spinner, Patel came into the attack and his third ball was smashed over his head for six.
Roy calmly carried on his way and brought up his 50 off 60 balls, tucking Patel off his legs for one.
Maddy tempted Zander de Bruyn into looking for a ball that wasn’t there and he edged behind to Ambrose, bringing Jacques Rudolph to the crease.
Roy was the next man to depart for 71 as he clipped Clarke straight to Maddy at short-midwicket with Surrey only 83 ahead.
Hamilton-Brown came and went for one as he edged Patel behind, with Ambrose the delighted beneficiary.
Maynard entered the fray with his side still needing plenty of runs to set a challenging target as he and Rudolph looked to bat out the day.
The South African brought up the 100 run lead with two excellent shots off the bowling of Patel with five overs remaining in the day.
The pair blunted Wright and Patel and walked off with Surrey walking off with a 120 run lead over Warwickshire going into the final two days.