Sunday, 1 May 2011

Davies and Dernbach impress in simple win

Well, winning is never that simple, but you know what I mean. Surrey were expected to deliver two points today and they did so, in reality with the minimum of fuss.

Dernbach - frugal
It was by no means a faultless performance. Arafat, despite picking up three wickets was obscenely expensive in doing so, never should a bowler of his calibre be disappearing for 7.5 an over against Scotland. Arafat aside though, the bowling was generally very good. Spriegel and Schofield returned 2-73 between them from 16 overs and Spriegel in particular, bowling with nice loop, was impressive and deserved more than a single wicket. Dernbach was the standout performer for the bowlers though, 2-13 from 8 overs at this level is impressive regardless of the opposition. Tim Linley could've expected more than his initial four overs having returned 1-16, but the captain saw fit to bowl himself instead, perhaps there was an injury lurking.

Spriegel was impressive, returning 1-35
Chasing just 197 to win Surrey could afford to start circumspectly and the first over was indeed quiet. However Hamilton-Brown fell off the first ball of the second over and the nerves might have started to jangle if Davies hadn't settled in nice and quickly. He really is a fabulous player to watch with the field up, he just makes batting look so easy. His partner in crime for the bulk of the chase, Jason Roy, is more violent, but no less entertaining.

Roy's demise was firmly against the run of play when it did eventually come but his 60 from 62 balls, including one very big six over long off, alongside Davies took Surrey to 134 and within sight of victory. Zander de Bruyn batted sensibly, seemingly shepherding Davies to his hundred. Davies made it to within four runs of an impressive hundred (two dismissals in the nineties in three days, and two run outs this season, its been an eventful start for Davies!) before a leading edge off Goudie saw him back to the dressing room.
Davies and Roy took Surrey to within sight of Scotland's total
De Bruyn and Maynard finished the job in double quick time, four-four-six, to round off a pleasing performance, perhaps drawing something of a line under last week's demoralising defeat. Starting the campaign with a win against the weakest team in the group was a must, and today they delivered, well played.

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