Spriegel leads Surrey to victory

August 22, 2012
The Oval

by Paddy Briggs

CB40, The Oval
Surrey 219-9 (40 overs) beat Welsh Dragons 126 (26.3 overs) by 93 runs

On an emotional night at The Kia Oval, Surrey beat Glamorgan by 93 runs keeping their hopes alive of qualification for the CB40 semi-finals.

The match was played in honour of Tom Maynard who tragically died in June. Maynard had represented both Glamorgan and Surrey and players from both sides wore Tom’s squad number on their playing shirts.

A minute’s applause was held prior to the game and the match was held as a launch of the Tom Maynard Trust.

The cricket was played on a wicket that was offering assistance to the spinners, and Surrey posted a competitive total of 219 from their 40 overs. This was mainly thanks to Matthew Spriegel. The elegant left hander held the innings together with 51 from 75 balls. Spriegel only hit one four in his innings as he manoeuvred the ball into gaps and ran hard.

Kevin Pietersen made 43 before he was bowled by Simon Jones. There was a few boo’s heard in the crowd for Pietersen when he walked to the wicket but in the main it was applause as he walked back to the dressing room after being dismissed.

Surrey then produced a fine performance in the field as they bowled Glamorgan out for just 126 from 26.3 overs. Gareth Batty took 3 wickets for just 4 runs and man of the match Spriegel also claimed 2-14 capping of a fine display. Graham Wagg made a spirited quick-fire 29 but Glamorgan found batting a struggle against Surrey’s five spinners.

It was great performance by the home side on a night that wasn’t easy for any player. Surrey need a victory against Somerset in their final match if they are to stand any chance of qualification in a competition they won last season.

The Scoop 22/08/12

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