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Royal London Cup
Sun 7 August, 11:00

The Kia Oval, The Oval

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Surrey

Surrey

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Report: Surrey v Warwickshire, Royal London Cup

Warwickshire and Surrey played out a thrilling contest at the Kia Oval as Liam Norwell’s dismissal of Matt Dunn led to a remarkable tie.

Needing one run from six balls and with no wickets remaining, Norwell’s full delivery cannoned into the stumps to leave both sides on 293.

Kia Oval crowd of almost 5,000, Tailenders Nick Kimber and Dunn swung and nearly swiped Surrey to a miracle victory that seemed a long shot just 30 minutes prior. In fact, bookmakers were offering a 100/1 when the hosts reached a 184 for seven.

Kimber thumped six sixes and six fours in a remarkable 51-ball 84 and fellow seamer Dunn then hit Olly Hannon-Dalby for two sixes in his 34 before, with the scores level and every fielder up in the ring, he was bowled by a Liam Norwell yorker trying to hit a winning blow from the first ball of the final over. 

Dunn, with just 19 runs in total from his previous 13 one-day matches, almost got Surrey home after Kimber had been dismissed with 31 more runs needed from the last 27 balls as they chased Warwickshire’s 293 for 5.  

Surrey’s No 11 Yousuf Majid, an 18-year-old playing his first senior innings, remained 5 not out in Surrey’s 293 all out but it was Kimber, 21, and with a top score of just 27 from his previous five List A appearances, who was the main hero of the hour after seeing his team struggle initially to 184 for 7. 

Earlier wicketkeeper-batsman Michael Burgess starred against his native county and he and Indian international all-rounder Krunal Pandya were the stand-out performers for Warwickshire. 

Kimber hinted at an extraordinary turnaround when took three sixes in one Rob Yates over and he also struck six fours in a brilliant effort that was only cut short when Pandya bowled him through an attempted cut with his left-arm spin in the 46th over. 

But Dunn would not accept defeat in his own 19-ball effort, drawing the scores level with a single off Pandya from the last ball of the penultimate over, immediately after swinging him to mid wicket for his second four. Norwell’s yorker denied Surrey a memorable win but, thanks to Kimber and Dunn, it was still a great display by a youthful Surrey line-up.

For the third Royal London fixture running, they fielded an entirely uncapped team featuring nine players aged 24 or under. Nico Reifer, 21, also hit a defiant 53 that included two big sixes over long on, off Hannon-Dalby and Norwell. Burgess, who was born in Epsom and played for Surrey from under-13 to Second XI level but then represented Leicestershire and Sussex before moving to Edgbaston in 2019, hit a classy List A best 93 from only 78 balls, with two sixes and nine fours, and put on 160 in 25.4 overs for the fourth wicket with Pandya, whose often powerful 74 occupied 82 balls. 

Their stand rallied Warwickshire after they had stalled to 89 for 3 in the 21st over, after opting to bat first in gloriously sunny conditions, and was a List A fourth wicket record for Warwickshire against Surrey. It beat the previous mark of 108, between Jim Troughton and Alex Loudon, at Croydon’s Whitgift School in 2005. 

Warwickshire lost Dom Sibley for five in the seventh over, leg-before to Dunn trying to whip a straight ball towards mid wicket, but fellow opener Yates followed up his 87 in Warwickshire’s win against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham last Tuesday by scoring a solid 66-ball 54 in a second wicket alliance of 62 with Will Rhodes. 

Yates dominated the partnership, completing his half-century with a rasping square cut for four off Conor McKerr just before falling to the same bowler later in the over, skying to mid on. And, two balls later at the start of the 21st over, off spinner Amar Virdi had Rhodes caught at the wicket, pushing defensively, for 15. 

Virdi impressed in a ten-over spell of 1 for 35 but Burgess and Pandya both batted carefully at first to rebuild the innings before accelerating effortlessly in the second half of their superb stand. Warwickshire’s total was 191 for 3 after 40 overs, but 102 runs were plundered from the last ten overs as Pandya swung two sixes to add to his five fours and Burgess took successive legside sixes off McKerr before mis-hitting the next ball to deep mid wicket. 

Ethan Brookes and Matt Lamb both scored useful runs to further boost the total, with McKerr’s ten overs eventually costing 79 as the fast bowler bore the brunt of Warwickshire’s late assault. 

Surrey’s reply got off to a bad start, with Ben Geddes dragging a widish swinging ball from Hannon-Dalby into his own stumps to go for 9 in the fifth over and the total quickly slipping to 31 for 3 as Ryan Patel edged Hannon-Dalby to first slip on 14, soon after pulling him over mid wicket for six, and Cameron Steel was pinned leg-before for 0 by Craig Miles. 

All-rounder Tom Lawes, 19, had earlier athletically caught and bowled Pandya and acquitted himself well with the ball and now, in at No 5, batted well for 28 before lifting a catch off Rhodes’s second ball. 

And Reifer then joined 23-year old Josh Blake in a fifth wicket stand of 57 before Blake thin-edged a swipe at Miles to keeper Burgess to fall for a 55-ball 40. Reifer’s maiden List A half-century ended when Lamb dived to pull off a fine catch at deep mid wicket, and Norwell was again the successful bowler when McKerr (2) edged to Burgess. Virdi was run out for 8, to make it 223 for 8, but by then Kimber’s big hitting had given Surrey a chance – and they almost pulled it off.

U16s go FREE to Royal London Cup this summer

Edgbaston will host four 50-over Royal London Cup matches during the summer school holidays this August.

Under 16s will go free to all matches, while adult tickets are only £15. Purchase your tickets in advance today.

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Preview: Surrey v Warwickshire, Royal London Cup

Where and when

The Kia Oval, Surrey, Sunday 7 August, 11am.  

Bowler, Liam Norwell said…

“The Oval is a fast-scoring ground even in four-day cricket, so we have got to be right on our games again as bowlers…if we are and show the same intent with the bat, we could go a long way in the tournament.” 

Recent form

Surrey:  WWWLL
Bears:  LWLWW 

Head to head

Played 49, Bears 23, Surrey 26

Blast from the past

2009 saw Jonathan Trott star with bat and ball as the Bears cruised to a nine-wicket Pro40 win at The Oval. Trott took three for 36 to restrict the home side to 200 from 40 overs, then opened the batting and was still there on 79 when the Bears reached 201 for one from 35. He shared an unbroken stand of 169 with Ian Bell (90 not out).

Who’s hot?

Rob Yates. Timed the ball exquisitely on his way to 97 from 65 balls against Gloucestershire at Cheltenham. 

Look out for

Ben Geddes. Accomplished young batter who captained Surrey in their opening RLC game aged just 21 and in only his fifth List A match.   

On the brink

Craig Miles needs four wickets for 50 in List A cricket.

Bears squad  

Will Rhodes (Captain) 
Ethan Brookes 
Michael Burgess 
Che Simmons
Olly Hannon-Dalby 
Matt Lamb 
Craig Miles 
Liam Norwell 
Krunal Pandya 
Hamza Shaikh
Dominic Sibley 
Kai Smith 
Rob Yates 

How to Follow

Members and supporters can follow the match live in our Match Centre at edgbaston.com, which will include a free to watch Live Stream, with BBC commentary, and a live text commentary.

Supporters can get involved by sending their match day comments and thoughts to matchday@edgbaston.com, and we’ll publish the best ones on our live text commentary in the Match Centre.

Supporters can also watch the Live Stream and get instant push notifications of all wickets, innings and match results via the Edgbaston app, which is free to download on iOS and Android.

Match updates will also be available across the Club’s social media accounts, simply search for @WarwickshireCCC.

Next up

Sussex at Edgbaston, Friday August 12th, 11am start.

U16s go FREE to Royal London Cup this summer

Edgbaston will host four 50-over Royal London Cup matches during the summer school holidays this August.

Under 16s will go free to all matches, while adult tickets are only £15. Purchase your tickets in advance today.

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