Warwickshire fast bowlers Liam Norwell (left) and Henry Brookes did late damage for the Bears with the bat against champions Surrey
Specsavers County Championship Division One, Edgbaston (day one):
Warwickshire 275-8: Norwell 58*, Hain 47; Dunn 3-59
Surrey: Yet to bat
Warwickshire (2 pts), Surrey (2 pts)

Warwickshire fast bowlers Liam Norwell and Henry Brookes transformed the first day at Edgbaston as they shared an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 89 to stun reigning county champions Surrey.

After slumping to 186-8 despite gritty knocks from Sam Hain (47), Will Rhodes (39) and Adam Hose (38), the Bears were set to go without batting points again.

Instead, Norwell slammed 58 and Brookes made 35 as Surrey’s attack wilted.

The pair both belted some fine shots to reach the close unparted on 275-8.

That earned two batting points, plus the prospect of a potential third in the morning, which would double the Bears’ previous haul for the season.

Paceman Matt Dunn took three wickets for Surrey on his first Championship start in 13 months

Prior to that, on a weather-affected day which brought two separate short breaks in play, injury-hit Surrey’s bowlers had dominated, including three victims for recalled fast bowler Matt Dunn.

After being put in to bat, a painstaking first half-century stand of the season for Bears openers Dom Sibley and Rhodes was ended by veteran spinner Gareth Batty, who removed both in successive overs just before lunch.

But after Dunn had seemingly put Surrey right in control, Norwell and Brookes transformed the contest in the final hour.

They started to go for their shots when Dean Elgar came on for an over of spin just before the new ball was due – and 17 came from it, capped by two sixes in three balls from Brookes.

But they then kept up the attack, twice taking 16 off an over from South Africa paceman Morne Morkel, thanks to seven boundaries off in the space of 11 deliveries from him by the free-spirited Norwell.

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