Everything that had failed to click in unison in the first four of Surrey's Twenty20 games, spectacularly clicked into place tonight in front of a packed house at Lord's. Its a shame we couldn't have done it in front of the home fans, but I'll take it!
Jason Roy didn't start the game as I had hoped, Matt Spriegel missed out and Stewart Walters was drafted in. This meant the twin spin of Batty and Schofield again, but the batting was a little stronger. Middlesex chose to bat first and we were at them from the word go. Tremlett bowled well to return 1-20, the important wicket of Dexter his one scalp. Andre Nel was more expensive and less impressive, but he did pick up David Warner. The only real concern was the apparent injury to Jade Dernbach who went off after bowling 1.3 overs apparently with a side injury - not good for a bowler. Jade has been a key part of our attack so to lose him would be a big blow.
Pick of the bowlers though was Batty, who at long last bowled his full four over spell and picked up 4-23 including Gilchrist who was curiously subdued in his 12 from 12 balls, three of his wickets were towards the tail end but he bowled well nonetheless. Andrew Symonds chipped in beautifully with the ball with 2-8. For once it was the opposition who failed to muster a partnership, the final wicket pair of Shah and Collins notching their highest pairing with 25.
128 looked well below par and at last Surrey were ruthless in making it look so. Davies again played some nice shots but got out when well set on 20, caught off the slow left arm bowling of Tom Smith. But thereafter it was all Surrey. Hamilton-Brown played beautifully, he took it upon himself to be the aggressor but never looked reckless, he more than deserved to hit the winning runs and end 73* off just 49 balls. Ramprakash played extremely well too with a beautifully paced 36, precisely what was needed in the circumstances.
This is what our players are capable of. Tonight, at long last, we looked the sum of our considerable parts and the captain fully deserves all the praise I hope he gets. If we can take this form into tomorrow and then Sunday we'll be well back on track. Well played boys.
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