Surrey have been relegated from Division One of the County Championship after losing by six wickets to Warwickshire.
Ateeq Javid hit 119 not out as Warwickshire chased down a contrived target of 281 shortly after tea on the final day at Edgbaston.
Needing a win to take their survival battle to the final round of the season, Surrey skipper Gareth Batty had agreed a deal with his opposite number Varun Chopra on day three in order to set up a run chase in the rain-affected fixture.
Warwickshire were fed runs to reach 120-0 before declaring their first innings and Surrey - who had made 400-5 during the opening two days - then forfeited their second innings.
Starting the final day on 55-2, Warwickshire were in trouble at 126-4 during the morning session after Stuart Meaker (2-84) removed Laurie Evans (34) and Tim Linley (1-70) bowled Rikki Clarke (17).
But Javid - the former England Under 19 batsman - put on an unbroken 155 with Chris Woakes (79no) for the fifth wicket to see Warwickshire to their target and send Surrey down.
Despite world-class batsmen Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting and Hashim Amla playing for them at certain points this year, Surrey have won just once in 15 four-day matches.
Relegation suggests the investment in star names was misplaced but there were more obvious reasons for the collective failure.
Surrey produced only 12 individual centuries - two of them in this game - and none of the bowlers has taken 35 wickets.