Warwickshire draw first blood in U15 Championship Finals
Warwickshire CCC defeated Surrey CCC on the first day of the U15 ECB County Championship Finals at Oundle School.
Surrey frontman L Durandt took a leaf out of Ricky Ponting's recent guide to captaincy, and chose to bowl first on a reasonable batting wicket.
Unfortunately for Durandt, he suffered the same fate as Ponting, and his Surrey men went down to Warwickshire by 21 runs.
Towards the end of the Surrey chase, it looked as though we were going to have another nailbiter on our hands akin to the recent npower Test match, but a couple of quick wickets for Warwickshire took the sting out of the Surrey threat.
Earlier, Warwickshire had mustered 147 for nine, which, in fairness, did not look to be enough considering the lightning outfield which accompanied the decent Oundle wicket.
L Hopkins batted well for his 55, but was the only batsman to show any real resolve against the Surrey attack, for whom G Adolphus claimed 3-34 in 18 overs.
Surrey were confident going into their innings, but were immediately restricted by some tight Warwickshire bowling. At 14 for 1 after ten overs, Surrey had applied undue pressure on themselves, and lacked confidence to chase from there on in.
This slow self-destruction was exemplified by M. Symes' encouraging 34 at the top of the innings being cut short by an untimely run out. Wickets fell regularly enough for Warwickshire for them to ultimately record a solid victory, as Surrey faltered to be 126 all out.
P Best and T Westwood were the best bowlers for Warwickshire, both returning figures of 2-15.
Today (Wednesday August 10), Warwickshire will be doing their best to maintain their momentum as they take on a strong Yorkshire outfit.
Surrey, who have a rest day today, will take on Yorkshire tomorrow in the last day of the three way round robin competition.