SURREY V MIDDLESEX - NatWest T20 Blast - 17 June
Surrey 173-7 (20 overs). Middlesex 144
(19.3 Overs). Surrey won by 29 runs.
England prospect Zafar Ansari lit up the London
derby with bat and ball as Surrey marked their 150th outing in the
NatWest T20 Blast with a comfortable 29-run victory over south group
rivals Middlesex at the Kia Oval.
Batting first, Surrey posted a competitive 173 for
seven in front of a crowd of 21,466 that owed much to Ansari's
enterprising 34 not out off 25 balls, who then claimed two for 16
with his slow left-arm spin as Middlesex subsided to 144 all out.
Aside from Ravi Rampaul's three for 21, spin
proved to be the king in SE11 on a sticky pitch, freshened by a
heavy early evening shower that delayed the start time by 40
Middlesex's Ollie Rayner took three for 23 with
his off-spin, and Gareth Batty claimed two for 25, including the
vital wicket of England's one-day skipper Eoin Morgan, who made just
In response Jason Roy handed Surrey an excellent
start by hitting a quick-fire 35. He pulled Roland-Jones for six in
the second over, then lifted Finn over long-on for another maximum
in the third and went on to reverse lap McClenaghan for four. Roy
raced to 29 before being caught at mid-on as Surrey reached 57-1 at
the end of the powerplay.
The introduction of Rayner's off-spin in the
seventh over brought the wicket of Steven Davies, who was caught at
deep midwicket for 14. Then, three balls later, Rory Burns, having
been called through for a second run, was run out without facing a
delivery by Toby Roland-Jones, who was stationed at deep mid-wicket.
Rayner struck again by having Kumar Sangakkara
stumped for 27, though not before the Sri Lankan had gone past 5,000
T20 career runs.
With Ben Foakes spooning a catch to wide mid-on
off Steven Finn, who then turned catcher when Dwayne Bravo lofted
Rayner to long-off, Surrey had work to do at 102 for six in the 14th
After Sam Curran was caught at extra cover,
miscuing an attempted pull, brother Tom shared in an unbeaten, and
ultimately pivotal eighth wicket stand of 46 in four overs with
Needing to speed up the over-rate, Dawid Malan
brought himself on to bowl the 19th over, which Tom Curran, in
particular, took advantage of by lifting the Middlesex captain over
long-on for six.
Middlesex, in reply, lost wickets at regular
intervals. Brendon McCullum announced himself by launching Ravi
Rampaul into the night sky for six, but the West Indian exacted his
revenge, two overs later, by bowling McCullum for 16 with a cleverly
disguised slower ball.
With Malan going caught at deep square-leg off Sam
Curran, the visitors were 38 for two at the end of the powerplay,
which became 40 for three when Batty had Morgan caught at long-on.
Batty then claimed the wicket of John Simpson in identical fashion,
though not before the Middlesex keeper had swung Batty over
mid-wicket for a maximum.
Ansari struck first ball when Nick Gubbins bottom
edged a pull on to his leg stump via the chest. With 111 needed off
ten overs, Roland-Jones defiantly launched Batty over mid-wicket for
six, before falling leg before to Ansari.
James Franklin's spirited 39 off 30 balls gave
Middlesex a slither of hope, but when Franklin
departed to a catch at wide long-on two overs from the end the
visitors' chances went with him.
Surrey's man-of-the-match Zafar Ansari said: "We
felt confident going into the game, but we had to put it together
and halfway through it felt close - so to pull it off with the way
we bowled and fielded was great. I couldn't take too many risks
because we had lost those wickets. I knew we had some power coming
at the end, so it was all about playing sensible cricket, using the
big outfield and trying to eke out as many runs as I could. Everyone
bowled well tonight. We knew we had a
strong bowling line-up, the fielders backed it up and the pitch
offered something for everyone."
As for Middlesex batsman
and recent England call-up Dawid Malan, he said: "The first six
overs didn't go to plan. Their boys attacked it pretty hard. Then,
to let Surrey get fifty-odd runs off the last four overs was very
disappointing. I thought they bowled really well up front, taking
pace off the ball. It was probably a 150-160 wicket, and I think
they read the conditions a bit better than we did in the first six
overs, which made it tough for us."