Surrey became the first side this season to be relegated from Division One of the LV= County Championship when a century by Ateeq Javid took Warwickshire to a six-wicket victory at Edgbaston.
In steering last year’s champions to a modest target of 281 with 25.2 overs to spare, the 21-year-old Birmingham-born batsman reached a new milestone.
Having scored a maiden championship century against Somerset last month, he played a match-winning innings for the first time, making 119 not out in five and a half hours to strengthen Warwickshire’s hopes of top-four prize-money.
An unbroken partnership of 155 alongside the impressive Chris Woakes, who hit 79 not out, added further gloom to a disappointing season for Surrey.
By throwing this game open with a second-innings forfeit, they made one last attempt to save themselves but, to secure agreement from Warwickshire. they had to be over-generous in setting terms on a flat pitch.
The gamble was audacious in its conception but needed to be more relentless in its execution.
With the home side resuming at 55 for two, the seamers went as far as they could in taking the two wickets to fall before lunch.
Former Surrey batsman Laurie Evans reached 34 out of 79 with Javid before smashing a short and wide delivery from Stuart Meaker to extra cover.
Rikki Clarke, another player whose upbringing was at the Oval, looked imperious with a couple of cracking shots but when he attempted another big drive off Tim Linley, an inside edge flattened middle stump.
Both sides would have reset parameters during the interval and it was Warwickshire who came out with the winning formula.
It was a measure of Javid’s quality that with little or no fuss he was able to score almost as quickly as Woakes, who made his intentions clear with his frequent darts down the pitch to the spinners and a final flurry of boundaries off Meaker.