Surrey 116 for 4 (Foakes 60*) overcome Middlesex 113 for 9 (Batty 3-18) by six wickets
Ben Foakes and Jamie Smith gather a high quality unbroken 93-run stand as Surrey beat London rivals Middlesex by six wickets in an otherwise remarkably low-scoring event at The Oval to move next at the Vitality Blast’s South Group.
Foakes created 60 not outside and Smith an unbeaten 38 at a serene and guaranteed fifth wicket partnership to maneuver Surrey beyond Middlesex’s 113 for 9 having a finally comfy 11 balls to spare.
Earlier in the daytime Kent’s batsmen had pummeled 192 for 6 to precisely the exact same pitch, at a victory against Essex which saw 355 runs , but beneath lighting the next portion of Sky Sports’ double-header was for extended spans a completely different spectacle.
On a slow pitch carrying spin, Middlesex fought badly against Surrey’s trio of slow bowlers however, when Surrey responded, they were soon 23 for 4 since paceman Steven Finn eliminated Will Jacks and Laurie Evans in his first two overs and legspinner Nathan Sowter subsequently sent back Hashim Amla along with Rory Burns at a dramatic fifth .
Foakes, nevertheless, hit eight fours at a 50-ball knock filled with Test-class strokes on each side of the wicket, and 20-year old Smith was nearly as great with four boundaries in his 35-ball attempt. At halfway, Surrey still needed a little to do at 55 for 4 however Foakes and Smith were equal to this struggle in a controlled exhibition of batting under stress.
Earlier Gareth Batty, Surrey’s 42-year old widow, picked up for 18 together with his offspin, while Jacks took two for 16 and didn’t concede a single border in his four overs of both offbreaks.
Slow left-armer Dan Moriarty was wicketless but bowled tidily, as did left-arm seamer Reece Topley with 1 21, while 22-year-old quick bowler Gus Atkinson was impressive with two for 18 in three overs.
Middlesex, later deciding to bat, got off to a bad start with Stevie Eskinazi bowled for two by a single which flipped from Jacks, attempting to flail a ball during the off side at the next over.
Martin Andersson, that directly drove Atkinson’s initial ball superbly for four, then drove round the seamer’s next shipping and was bowled for seven to depart Middlesex 15 for two at the fourth more
Just a crazy original over by Jamie Overton, costing 14 and by which Max Holden carved a no ball complete throw for four and pulled to the border, helped Middlesex reach 39 for two by the end of this Powerplay – however that the innings then fell away badly since the Surrey spinners tightened the noose.
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Left-hander Holden, having attained a run-a-ball 29, chopped against Jacks and Batty’s debut for its 11th over unexpectedly left Middlesex in real trouble 63 for 5 20-year-old debutant Jack Davies mishit a reverse sweep to stage to proceed for 16 and James Harris had been leg-before for two.
Worse was to follow Batty’s second over if Dan Lincoln pulled a brief ball to deep mid wicket and out of 75 for 6, Middlesex limped to three characters as grabs in the deepoff Topley and Atkinson respectively, undid equally John Simpson and Luke Hollman until Sowter was conducted out for 3 at the final over trying another run to Moriarty’s tight misfield at short fine leg.
Sowter’s day did get better after when former South Africa celebrity Amla busted a return catch off him a top edge and Burns had been leg-before for two two balls later, sweeping.
With Finn having struck Jacks a painful blow to the other flip side, which had on-field therapy, before getting him captured at mid-on for 4 off a skier, then foxing Evans using a lower ball, Surrey were abruptly up against it.
Foakes and Smith, however, revealed that batting was very possible though Sowter ended with two for 16 and Finn two for 21.