Warwickshire vs Surrey

Match info: Royal London One Day Cup at Edgbaston - Group B

Date: 12th Aug 2014 Umpires: N G B Cook and S J O'Shaughnessy

33-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Warwickshire

218/2 (33.0 Overs)

Result

Surrey

153 All out (26.3 Overs)

Warwickshire win by 111 runs (D/L Method)

  • Last Updated: August 12 2014, 22:01 BST

Royal London One-day Cup Group B at Edgbaston.

Varun Chopra: Hit an unbeaten 92 for the Bears at Edgbaston
Varun Chopra: Hit an unbeaten 92 for the Bears at Edgbaston

An unbeaten 92 by Varun Chopra and a whirlwind 43 not out from 15 balls by Laurie Evans overwhelmed Surrey as Warwickshire brought alive their Royal London One-day Cup campaign with victory by 111 runs in a rain-adjusted match at Edgbaston.

After a long delay in mid-innings, Warwickshire thrashed 84 in six overs to reach a challenging 218 for two and Surrey folded for 153 when set a Duckworth-Lewis target of 265 from 33 overs.

A fourth defeat in six games in Group B has killed off Surrey's hopes but Warwickshire are still in contention with away fixtures to come against Glamorgan and Nottinghamshire.

As a rehearsal for a further meeting in next week's NatWest T20 Blast semi-final, this was most likely an unreliable form guide. Both teams were without a number of high-profile players and the interference by the weather inevitably raised ifs and buts.

A sharp shower reduced the match to 48 overs per side and a deluge halted Warwickshire's innings at 134 for one after 27 had been bowled.

At this point the batting side would have been getting ready to accelerate through the gears, but after a delay of more than two-and-a-half hours, they had to embark on a mad thrash.

Although Jonathan Trott quickly perished, slogging high towards long off after making 31, Evans destroyed his former county's bowling. Opening up with successive sixes off Stuart Meaker, he dominated a partnership of 70 in 4.1 overs with Chopra.

In all he hit five fours, as well as a massive third six off Meaker, and in the mayhem Surrey's shell-shocked attack simply fell apart.

Even when the game was progressing under more routine circumstances, Warwickshire always gave the impression of being in control, starting with a stand of 89 before William Porterfield was caught behind for 36 off Tim Linley's first ball.

Chopra went on to hit 10 fours and a six from 99 balls as he continued a prolific run following a 10-day break since injuring a thigh muscle when making 86 not out against Essex in the Twenty20 quarter-final. In his last eight innings in limited overs formats, he has scored 516 runs.

Only Steven Davies, with two sixes in a brisk 37, and Tillakaratne Dilshan promised anything as substantial as Surrey creaked under the pressure of a tough run chase.

While Davies was bowled in Jeetan Patel's first over, Dilshan went on to a cleverly compiled 58 from 60 balls until he was fifth out, top-edging Recordo Gordon (three for 25) to Trott at third man.

Patel finished with the best figures of four for 30 and Rikki Clarke completed a good day for former Surrey players with two wickets in successive balls and two catches.

Next time the teams meet, Surrey will be hoping to welcome back the likes of Kevin Pietersen, quarter-final matchwinner Jason Roy, specialist spinner Zafar Ansari and two pace bowlers, Jade Dernbach and Matthew Dunn.

Warwickshire, meanwhile, expect to have their England players, Ian Bell and Chris Woakes, available ahead of the one-day internationals against India.

Man of the match Chopra said: "It was a very good team performance. Laurie Evans was brilliant and the runs gave us a good platform for bowling. Jeetan Patel is right up there with the best in every format, in every game."

However, Chopra is not reading too much into the result in looking ahead to the re-match in the NatWest T20 Blast semi-final, adding: "Winning is always good for confidence but there will be changes in both teams before finals day."

Warwickshire are hoping to get Shoaib Malik back in their side after his performances in seven group games before he left to play in the Caribbean Premier League.

Dougie Brown, director of cricket at Edgbaston, is keen to have him back but added: "There are still visa and administrative barriers that need to be overcome, and we are still unsure as to whether this can be completed in such a short time."