Specsavers County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (day four):
Warwickshire 293 & 166-9 dec: Rhodes 54, Hain 41; Batty 8-64
Surrey 188: Foakes 57*, Patel 4-53 & 141: Clarke 51*, Patel 8-36
Warwickshire (21 pts) beat Surrey (3 pts) by 130 runs

Warwickshire secured their first County Championship win of the season late on the last day at Edgbaston, beating last year’s champions Surrey by 130 runs.

Captain Jeetan Patel took a career-best 8-36 to inspire the Bears after fellow off-spinner Gareth Batty claimed 8-64, which featured a hat-trick, for Surrey.

Warwickshire, 76-2 overnight, raced to 166-9 declared to set Surrey 272 to win.

But Surrey, intent only on survival, were eventually bowled out for 141.

It was well into the final hour, following a two-hour rearguard action from Bears old boy Rikki Clarke, before Henry Brookes bowled Matt Dunn for a 22-ball, half-hour duck.

That left Clarke stranded at the other end on 51 – but this was a day for both his current and former team-mates Batty and Patel, as both ended with 10-wicket plus match hauls.

Patel, 39, sent down 62 overs in the match to finish with a combined analysis of 12-89, the sixth time he has performed the feat, while 41-year-old Batty’s overall match figures of 10-111 was his fourth 10-wicket haul.

Batty earlier removed Tim Ambrose, Patel and Brookes with successive deliveries to prompt Warwickshire’s declaration.

Where do they stand now?

Warwickshire, still without star batsman Ian Bell and England’s Chris Woakes, climb off the foot of the Division One table above Nottinghamshire.

They are now within eight points of sixth-placed Surrey, who are yet to win in four attempts this season as they counter their own even longer list of injuries and unavailability.

Even a county of Surrey’s resources are being stretched this summer, especially now they have three players – Jason Roy, Tom Curran and Liam Plunkett – at the World Cup.

Jade Dernbach is yet to play this season because of injury, while fellow fast bowler Conor McKerr is out with a bruised heel, all-rounder Sam Curran missed this game with a hamstring injury, off-spinner Amar Virdi is regaining full match fitness from a side injury and Ollie Pope is out until late summer following a shoulder operation.

With The Oval commandeered for World Cup use, Surrey now host back-to-back home fixtures at Guildford.

They play Somerset, starting on 3 June, and Yorkshire from 10 June.

Warwickshire host Nottinghamshire at Edgbaston from 3 June.

Warwickshire captain Jeetan Patel told BBC WM:

“It’s really nice to have contributed to a win. My job was to bowl 30 overs from one end and make sure that I put pressure on them and asked a few questions.

“There was a bit in the wicket for me to use and they had a few left-handers in the team which was good for me but all the guys in our dressing room are feeling very pleased with their performance and so they should be.

“With the bat this morning we wanted to take the game to them and dangle the carrot and we did that. What I am most pleased about was the way we hung in there for four days.

“Our hardest day was the third day when it was raining. That was frustrating and it says a lot about these guys that we came out punching on the fourth morning.”

Surrey spinner Gareth Batty told BBC Radio London:

“Credit to Warwickshire – they got it right from the get-go. The first-innings lead was crucial and Jeets was brilliant all game.

“He led, as all captains should do, from the front, in the first innings and got all the rewards he deserved in the second. He bowled quite magnificently.

“The fact that it went down to the last session on day four proves that it was a heck of a game of cricket and that you don’t have to score 1,500 runs in a game for it to be a great game.

“It was tense all the way through and there was some good batting and good bowlng and some poor batting and bowling. It was a good game of cricket and Warwickshire deserved to win.”


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