Friday, 18 June 2010

Two on the bounce

Its a long time since Surrey have won two consecutive Twenty20 matches, but the win tonight secured just that, a thumping nine wicket win last night and today a comfortable 15 run victory by the Duckworth/Lewis method.

Kent chose to field first and it looked a good decision as last night's hero Hamilton-Brown, Steve Davies (he now has just 81 runs in 6 matches), Younus and Ramprakash all failed to leave Surrey flailing at 35-4.  But this isn't the same team who played Gloucester, this is Surrey Cricket 2010 v.2 so Symonds and Stewart Walters set about repairing the innings.

That Surrey clambered to 150 is largely down to that pair who put on 94 together.  Initially they dealt only in sixes, both hitting two each before going along the ground.  Both were particularly harsh on the spin of Bandara and Tredwell, who looks a shadow of the player of last season.  By the time they were both out 139 runs were on the board and Surrey had recovered very well.

The Kent reply started well for Surrey, again Tremlett was accurate and aggressive, conceding just 8 from two overs and along the way both Key and van Jaarsveld were run out.  Regular breakthroughs were made and by the time the rain came in 13th over only Darren Stevens was offering any resistance and Surrey were well on top.

At the time of the rain break, Kent required more than 10 an over and with 5 batsmen back in the hutch, I think they'd have found it tough to come back.  On the back of the cake walk last night this proved more of a test for Surrey but they passed, if not with flying colours then comfortably nonetheless.  There was plenty of fight about the players today and I must say I was particularly impressed with Tim Linley who came straight in having played none of the other T20s.  His bowling was tight and consistent and he gave very little away, well played The Viscount.

This is now a good platform for Surrey to build on.  Fingers crossed for a completed game on Sunday and three wins out of three might just start to silence the doubters.  The Southern Division is really tight, incredibly Surrey are up to third in the table, level on points with Middlesex.  If we carry on like this, the quarter finals are in our sights.

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