ESSEX V SURREY - Royal London One-Day Cup - 24
Surrey 313-8 (50 Overs). Essex 247 (41.2 Overs). Surrey won by 66
Jesse Ryder slammed 131 off 110 balls, but could not
prevent Essex falling to their first Royal London Cup defeat of the
Essex paid the price for losing half the side for
119, chasing Surrey's 313 for eight, though while Ryder was at the
crease anything looked possible, particularly when he was putting on
91 in 11 overs with Ashar Zaidi for the sixth wicket. Once both went
in the space of three balls to Jade Dernbach, Essex resumed their
earlier dismal form and finished 66 runs short.
Dernbach returned figures of four for 41 as Surrey,
last season's finalists, won for only the second time in this year's
50-over competition. His colleagues had been thrashed around
Chelmsford by Ryder, who included four sixes and 13 fours in his
innings, and who needed just 33 balls to move from fifty to three
The basis for Surrey's large total was laid by
Steven Davies, who hit 82 from 81 balls, ably supported by substantial
innings from Jason Roy (55), Rory Burns (52), Aaron Finch (41) and Ben
Foakes (45) after they had elected to bat.
Finch put on 94 for the first wicket with Roy to lay
the foundations before he was beaten by one that kept low from David
Masters to depart after 41 balls with five fours and an effortless six
Masters, Graham Napier and Zaidi kept the shackles
on the openers until Matt Quinn returned for the 13th over and Roy hit
him 6, 4, 6 from successive balls to put the Surrey innings into full
Roy reached his half-century off 52 balls with a
reverse-swept four off Dan Lawrence. But eight balls later the England
batsman fell victim to an incredible sleight of hand by James Foster,
who whipped off the bails when Roy reached for a ball down legside
from Lawrence. A bemused Roy departed for 55, including five fours and
Davies and Dom Sibley had posted fifty for the third
wicket in nine overs before Sibley drove Bopara to midwicket where
Zaidi held on to the catch. But Davies moved to his personal fifty
from 52 balls, the same as Roy, but less flamboyantly and with only
The one-time one-day international found another
willing partner in Burns and together they put on 92 in 14 overs.
Davies departed for 82 when he moved well outside off-stump to try and
deflect Ryan ten Doeschate towards third man and was caught by Foster.
Burns pulled Napier for his seventh four to bring up his half-century
in 47 balls, but next ball tried something similar and was caught on
the midwicket boundary by Nick Browne.
Matt Pillans lofted one down Bopara's throat at
long-leg to give ten Doeschate a second wicket, and then Gareth Batty
followed suit - except it was ten Doeschate taking the catch on the
same spot and Bopara claiming his second wicket.
Surrey were helped past the 300 mark when Quinn was
hit for a third six to long-off by Ben Foakes and finished with 56
from his six-over spell. Bopara, meanwhile, restricted himself to just
five overs, but took a third wicket when his last ball found Foakes
looking to heave the six that would have brought up his fifty, and
missing the ball completely.
Mark Footitt broke the Essex opening partnership
when he had Tom Westley caught in the covers by Stuart Meaker, and
then Browne swished outside off-stump at Dernbach to give a catch
Bopara went to an outstanding catch by Davies,
diving low down to his right at first slip, and Lawrence wafted at
Meaker to give Foakes a catch down the leftside.
Ryder lofted Batty over Sibley at deep mid-off for
his sixth four to bring up Essex's hundred and his own fifty, which
took 53 balls, and then drove the same bowler high over long off for
six. But after a 50-run partnership for the fifth wicket, Ryder lost
ten Doeschate lbw to Matt Pillans.
Zaidi cleared the sightscreen at the Hayes Close End
for six off Batty, but he played second fiddle to Ryder. The Kiwi
added two more maximums off Pillans, one straight, the other over
midwicket. He went to 99 with his final six, pulled over midwicket off
Meaker, and two balls later chopped the single that took him to his
century from 86 balls.
The returning Dernbach broke the rampant partnership
when he had Zaidi caught down low behind by Foakes, and then had Ryder
caught on the midwicket boundary by Roy. Foster went lbw to Sibley,
Napier provided a fourth catch behind for Foakes and Masters gave a
catch to Finch to end the game nearly nine overs early.
Jesse Ryder said: "I thought I might have gone five
or 10 overs too soon. But I tried to get it down to a run a ball,
which it nearly was, but I needed someone to hang with me and it would
have made it a lot easier."
Ryder had not played for 16 days through injury, and
said: "The calf is still not right and was playing up for most of the
time out there. But I managed to get through without it getting any
worse, so we'll see how it is tomorrow. I told the guys, 'If it goes,
it goes'. I guess that's the risk you take if you come back too early.
"Yes, I probably have come back too early body-wise,
but I wanted to play and take the risk. I've missed a couple of games,
and I said I wanted to play these last four or five white-ball games.
But I've been lucky enough to get through today and hopefully I'll be
available on Tuesday against Glamorgan.
"Me and Ash are similar batsmen - we see the ball,
hit the ball. We back ourselves. He came out and made it easy. If we
were able to get a boundary early in an over, we knew we could milk
seven an over. I know he was disappointed to get out and if he'd been
able to hang in there it might have made a difference."