Elliott, de Grandhomme help Warwickshire chase down 205 in quarter-finals

Grant Elliott remained unbeaten on 59
Grant Elliott remained unbeaten on 59

Warwickshire 207-4 (Elliott 59no) beat
Surrey 204-5 (Roy 74) by six wickets
4th Quarter-Final, Natwest T20 Blast, Kennington Oval

Grant Elliott slammed an unbeaten half-century and shared a quick 64 run stand with Colin de Grandhomme to help Warwickshire chase down 205 against Surrey in the final over in the fourth quarter-final of the Natwest T20 Blast at Kennington Oval.

As a result, Warwickshire will now take on Glamorgan in the first semi-final while Hampshire and Nottinghamshire will face each other in the second semi-final in the finals day one 2nd September at Edgbaston.

Warwickshire won the toss and decided to bowl first. Jason Roy (74) and Aaron Finch (39) provided a blistering opening start as they brought the 50-run opening stand off just 27 deliveries and by the end of the powerplay, Surrey reached 75 for naught.

Roy reached his fifty off 23 deliveries as Surrey raced to 98 for naught in nine overs. Aaron Thomason (2-26) finally provided the breakthrough when he dismissed Finch in the 10th over but Roy carry forwarded the momentum to take the total to 130 for one in 12 overs.

From there on, Moises Henriques (48 not out) provided the late flourish while Ben Foakes (12 not out) played a five-ball cameo to take the total to 204 for five in the 20 overs.

In the chase, Dominic Sibley (7) fell early in the chase but quick knocks from Ed Pollock (24) and Adam Hose (36) played blistering knocks as they scored 60 runs combined off 25 deliveries between them. At halfway mark, Warwickshire were positioned at 111 for three.

Elliott (59 not out) kept the momentum going and in the end his partnership of unbeaten 64 runs with de Grandhomme (39 not out) proved vital to help them complete the chase in 19.2 overs with six wickets in hand.

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