SURREY V ESSEX - NatWest T20 Blast - 25 June 2016
Surrey 117-9 (20 overs). Essex 121-2 (16.5
Overs). Essex won by 8 wickets.
hit an unbeaten 52 off 45 balls to guide Essex to an effortless
eight-wicket victory over Surrey at the Kia Oval, and make it two wins
in as many days in the South Group of the NatWest T20 Blast for the
Ryder, in company with skipper Ravi Bopara - who
chipped in with an undefeated 36 off 38 deliveries - put on 76 in 11
overs for the third wicket either side of a 45-minute break for rain
as Essex posted 121 for two off 16.5 overs in reply to the hosts' 117
for nine in front of a Saturday afternoon crowd of 13,470.
Following the early loss of Kishen Velani, who was
caught at mid-on off Ravi Rampaul without scoring, Jesse Ryder and Tom
Westley combined for 39 in four overs.
Ryder, driving powerfully through wide mid-off and
adept at manoeuvring the ball into the gaps, clubbed fours off Rampaul
and Dwayne Bravo before Westley pulled Tom Curran past mid-on for two
boundaries in the space off three balls.
With Dwayne Bravo guilty of drifting onto the
batsmen's legs throughout much of the sixth over, Essex were 47 for
two at the end of the powerplay - the only relief for the West Indian
being the wicket of Westley, who was lbw for 19.
Earlier, Surrey were unable to establish a foothold,
finding the boundary on just seven occasions after being put into bat
by Essex, who employed 11 overs of spin.
Dan Lawrence set the tone for the visitors by
conceding just 11 runs from his four overs, which also brought the
18-year-old a couple of wickets.
Lawrence struck first ball with his off-spin when
Steven Davies flicked to Bopara at square leg. Kumar Sangakkara,
beaten by a direct hit by Ashar Zaidi from square leg, was run out
four deliveries later.
Rory Burns lofted Graham Napier high to Westley at
mid-off, though not before driving Matthew Quinn to the point boundary
and Napier through cover and at the end of their powerplay, Surrey
were 31 for three.
Zafar Ansari picked out Napier at long-off, off the
bowling of Zaidi. 43 for four became 46 for five when Gary Wilson, who
had become increasingly frustrated, drilled the returning Lawrence
straight to long-off to go for 17. Forced to rebuild, Bravo and Sam
Curran added 50 for the sixth wicket in seven overs.
Curran, fresh from completing his A-Level exams,
pulled Westley through wide mid-on and swung Napier over midwicket for
Bravo (20) followed the youngster's lead by pulling
Quinn for a maximum, only to launch himself into an extravagant cover
drive and fall to a catch in the deep next ball.
Sam Curran was eventually bowled around his legs for
32, attempting to work Quinn down to fine leg.
Bopara rounded off the Surrey innings by taking
successive catches at deep midwicket, the second just an inch off the
ground, to give Napier figures of three for 28 and condemn Surrey to
their second defeat in 24 hours in the competition.