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Tom Moore, at the Kia Oval
Monday, May 21, 2012
Clydesdale Bank 40 Group B: Surrey (221-7) beat Durham (161) by 60 runs
Surrey won their third Clydesdale Bank 40 game in a row as the defending champions saw off the challenge of Durham at the Kia Oval.
Tom Maynard top scored with 77 and Zafir Ansari weighed in with 60 not out as the south Londoners registered an imposing total of 221-7.
Mark Stoneman, Ben Stokes, Gordon Muchall and Paul Collingwood all made starts but were unable to convert them into half centuries or more as Jade Dernbach, Gareth Batty and Matthew Spriegel chipped in with wickets.
Rory Hamilton Brown hit Graham Onions for four off the first ball of the match before scoring a single to move to the non striker’s end.
Durham grabbed the initiative in the fourth over as Steven Davies edged behind to Phil Mustard off the bowling of Mitchell Claydon (25-1).
The Durham bowler accounted for Hamilton-Brown in his next over, knocking his off stump backwards (32-2).
Jason Roy was the next man to depart at the hands of Claydon, edging behind to Mustard (47-3).
Tom Maynard and Zander De Bruyn led a fightback but Gareth Breese ended the partnership by bowling the latter through the gate (106-4).
Spriegel came and went in a flash – bowled by Breese for a four-ball duck (106-5).
Maynard carried on regardless and he brought up his half century in fine style, taking 67 balls to reach the landmark and Zafar Ansari provided excellent support.
But just as when it looked as if he was going to convert it into a century Maynard picked out Scott Borthwick to give Claydon his fourth wicket (191-6).
Despite the departure Surrey brought up the 200 with two overs to spare and Ansari brought up his 50 off just 51 balls as the home side looked to set a competitive total.
The batsman then celebrated by smashing Onions for six over deep square leg as Surrey added 62 runs in the last six overs.
Batty was run out off the last ball of the innings as Surrey closed on 221-7 after their 40 overs.
The home side had a perfect start when they dismissed the dangerous Phil Mustard for one, caught by Roy off the bowling of Dernbach (15-1).
Stokes and Stoneman then set about trying to eat into their target but Spriegel lured the former out of his crease and Davies did the rest behind the stumps (46-2).
Stoneman was next to depart, caught behind by Davies off the bowling of Spriegel (59-3).
Collingwood caused problems and had nearly helped reduce the target to less than 100 but he was bowled by Gareth Batty with 102 needed (120-4).
The dismissal increased the pressure on Muchall who was unbeaten on 34 at the other end as Will Smith came to the crease.
Smith did not make many and Dernbach rearranged his furniture for just three runs (125-5).
And Surrey all but wrapped up the victory when Muchall was caught by Maynard off the bowling of Batty for 41 (133-6).
Breese was then forced to retire hurt for eight as he picked up a calf strain when going for a run.
Borthwick did not last much longer as he was run out for three as the home side looked to close out the game (144-7).
It was left to Liam Plunkett and Onions to try and score an improbable 71 runs off the last five overs.
The latter did not last much longer as he was bowled by Stuart Meaker to leave Surrey one wicket away (161-8).
And the very next ball Claydon was bowled and Surrey completed a 60 run victory (161-9) as Breese failed to return.