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by Tom Moore, at Lord’s
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Surrey beat Middlesex by 28 runs (Duckworth/Lewis method)
Middlesex twice looked to be in the box seat against Surrey but Gary Wilson, with the bat and Gareth Batty, with the ball, handed the south Londoners victory in FriendsLifeT20.
The visitors recovered from 32-4 after six overs to reach 149 without losing a wicket as Wilson and Matthew Spriegel both hit half-centuries.
The Panthers were then in an excellent position at 64-1 lost seven wickets for 22 runs to be comprehensively beaten with Batty claiming four wickets in three overs, removing the dangermen; Dawid Malan and Paul Stirling.
Surrey won the toss and elected to bat Steven Davies hit the first run off Ollie Rayner’s third ball, knocking the ball into midwicket.
Rory Hamilton-Brown then hit the first boundary of the innings off the last ball of the opening over.
Whatever Hamilton-Brown could do, Davies could do better with the wicketkeeper hitting successive fours off the bowling of Steven Crook.
However, the bowler, with his last delivery of the over, comprehensively bowled Hamilton-Brown to bring Jason Roy to the crease.
Toby Roland-Jones came into the attack and Davies slashed at his first ball, edging behind to Dexter.
Zander de Bruyn was the new man at the crease as the Panthers bowler looked dangerous in his opening over.
And the batsman moved off zero with an edge to third man for four. However, it was only a matter of time and Gareth Berg had the batsman adjudge LBW off his first ball.
With two balls of the powerplay remaining, Roy pulled Berg for four to take Surrey above 30 for the opening six overs.
And they lost another wicket off the first ball of the powerplay as Tom Smith had Roy caught and bowled.
Greg Wilson, who top scored against Essex last night, was the new man at the crease with his side in a markedly worse position this time around but the rain came to help Surrey regroup at 6.43pm.
However, less than 20 minutes later they were back out there and the outfield was slippery with the moisture and Crook slipped over immediately.
It was no surprise, five balls later, that the players were back off again and the Middlesex players looked disappointed with the decision as they had Surrey on the ropes.
Wilson made his presence known after the resumption and launched Smith for six over wide long off.
The longer Spriegel and Wilson steadied the ship the likelier it was that Surrey could post a total in the region on 140.
The pair rebuilt to the innings to the extent that with six overs left they had put on 52 runs.
Although Spriegel had some luck, with an inside edge just missing the stumps before running down to the fine leg boundary.
Wilson then smashed his second six of the innings and a member of the crowd took a superb diving catch.
And the batsman moved to 49 with a Dilscoop off Berg and brought up his 50 with a square drive for four – a shot that also brought up the 100 partnership.
Spriegel also brought up his 50 with a towering six over the square leg boundary as Surrey set a target of 150 exactly.
Indeed, it was thanks to an unbeaten partnership of 117 runs between the do that meant that Middlesex have to chase a competitive total.
Murali Kartik opened the bowling for Surrey with Joe Denly and Dawid Malan facing up with both scoring singles within the first three balls.
Stuart Meaker opened up from the other end and Denly skied his first ball straight to Spriegel for a comfortable catch at deep square leg.
Paul Stirling was the new man in and he picked up two fours off successive balls from Dirk Nannes’ first over.
Malan joined the party and added eight runs off the bowling of Meaker as Middlesex made a strong start scoring 53 runs off the powerplay overs – 22 more than Surrey managed, having lost two wickets more.
Gareth Batty was brought on in the eighth over and he struck with his fifth ball, removing Malan LBW for 26.
And the former England international removed Stirling in his next over, clean bowling him for 36 as the Irishman danced down the track.
He repeated the trick with his next ball, with Berg departing for a golden duck.
That brought in-form batsman Chris Rogers to the crease to face Batty’s hat-trick ball.
He survived it but the former Worcestershire man completed his over, conceding just one run.
And Batty grabbed his fourth of the game as Rogers launched him into the deep where Meaker claimed the catch.
Zafar Ansari joined the party, dismissing Neil Dexter to leave Middlesex on 81-6 as the Panthers lost five wickets for 17 runs.
Hamilton-Brown brought himself into the attack and he bowled a long hop but John Simpson failed to take the gift and returned the favour by picking out Roy on the boundary.
The Surrey duo combined again as Crook departed without scoring as Roy took a wonderful catch to all but apply the last rites.
Roland-Jones and Rayner refused to be knocked over and with the score at 99-8 the players went off at 9.13pm as the rain came down and Surrey had won on the Duckworth-Lewis method.