Warwickshire enjoy fine opening day
Division One leaders Warwickshire landed the first blows on the opening day of their LV= County Championship clash with Surrey at the Kia Oval.
Having won the toss and elected to bat, the home side were dismissed for just 223 as many of their batsmen failed to turn starts into significant contributions.
In reply, Warwickshire had already advanced to 106 for one at stumps thanks to an unbroken stand of 89 between Varun Chopra and Will Porterfield, who hit 59 and 32 not out respectively.
In the day's fourth over, Jason Roy hit three boundaries in the space of four deliveries, all of them through cover off Keith Barker, before being dropped at second slip on 16.
Roy departed for 21, though, when Barker got one to hold its line to pin the right-hander in front.
Four overs later, the introduction of Rikki Clarke brought the wicket of Zander de Bruyn, who was caught at gully off a thick edge for 16.
Steven Davies, cutting and punching through cover off the back foot, moved serenely to 34, only to be run out after working a ball from Clarke off his hip to short fine-leg.
Rory Hamilton-Brown brought the hundred up for the hosts with an uppish drive through square-leg for four off Chris Woakes, but Surrey slipped from 134 for three to 164 for seven after lunch.
Having added 50 in 13 overs in tandem with skipper Hamilton-Brown, Jacques Rudolph was caught behind for 19 via an inside edge.
Hamilton-Brown was then involved in a mix-up with Tom Maynard, which culminated in the former being beaten by Jim Troughton’s throw from mid-on.
Maynard responded by driving Woakes and Chris Wright straight down the ground, though not before Chris Jordan, edging to first slip, had exited without scoring.
Gareth Batty was trapped on the crease by Woakes, but Jon Lewis took Surrey past the 200 mark with a cut four off Jeetan Patel.
However, Maynard was caught behind for 39 next ball, trying to run a delivery from Barker down to third man.
Lewis made 37 before a lack of foot movement proved to be his undoing; he edged Wright to wicketkeeper Tim Ambrose.
Wright completed figures of 3-42 when Jade Dernbach presented Ambrose with a fourth catch.
Warwickshire lost Ian Westwood, caught at first slip off Dernbach, early in their reply, but Chopra and Porterfield simply played every ball on its merits.
The first real shot in anger came in the 16th over, when the former cover drove Stuart Meaker for four.
Porterfield came out of his shell by hitting a four straight back past Meaker, whom he then pulled to the square-leg boundary.
Chopra brought up the fifty partnership with a cover-driven four off Jordan and, just before the close, the former Essex opener moved to a 96-ball half-century.