What did I tell you? Roy and Roy in the middle order is the way forward, and today they delivered, but the younger Roy stole all the limelight. The pair of them put on 63 in around 5 overs to really propel Surrey to their second 200+ total in two days and Jason Roy etched his name into the history books by becoming the first Surrey player to score a hundred - 101* off 57 balls in the end - in Twenty20, and there won't be many who do it at younger than his 19 years I bet.
200 runs on the board is always going to be tough to chase down and Kent, despite an excellent innings from Surrey's bogeyman Martin van Jaarsveld of 82 off 49 balls, fell well short. The bowling up front was exemplary, Tremlett picked up another couple to give him 11 for the tournament and Symonds ended the match with career best figures, mainly because he was on during the tail end slog, but wickets are wickets!
Again we played two spinners, and plus another couple of overs from Hamilton-Brown all told spin went for 88 runs from 9 overs, while the seamers went for 69 off 11 overs. Its ok when we've got 201 runs on the board, but that won't always be the case.
Today belongs to Jason Roy though, yesterday he displayed an ability to hit big but today he showed that and the ability to make big scores. Add to that his electric fielding and he's almost tailor made for T20, he could be just what our middle order is looking for. I think we should consider dropping a bowler to slot Ramps in, although Younus isn't looking to hot at the moment either so he's a candidate for the chop.
That result gives us 5 wins from 9 matches which given the nature of Twenty20 is pretty decent (and given our horror-show start to the competition). If we can pick up a win at Chelmsford on Friday - no mean feat - we will be looking good for a quarter final spot, and who'd have thought that two weeks ago?! Well played lads, we're on a roll!
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