June 14, 2012
Surrey got their FLT20 campaign off to a winning start at the Kia Oval last night as Essex collapsed in trying to chase just 129 for victory.
Batting first, Surrey were restricted to a score of 128-8 from their 20 overs which looked a below par effort on what is a typically high scoring ground in South London. Gary Wilson top scored for the home side with 33 off 33 balls, in what proved to be an important cameo from the man from Belfast.
Graham Napier was the pick of the Essex bowlers claiming 3-16 from his allotted 4 overs. Essex used 8 bowlers in total in helping to restrict Surrey.
In reply, Essex appeared to be cruising to their target on 44-0 with Ravi Bopara and Mark Pettini at the crease. However, Bopara was dismissed for 28 and Pettini for 20 sparking a dramatic collapse.
Tim Phillips was the only other batsman that got into double figures as Surrey applied pressure through their spinners.
None of the four spinners that Surrey used in the innings went for more than 5 runs an over, and Gareth Batty picked up three wickets, tilting the game Surrey’s way.
In the end, Essex fell 17 runs short finishing on 111-9 in what was a disappointing batting display.
Surrey went into the T20 competition as one of the favourites for the title, and they showed their class in the field last night. They travel north of the river tonight to take on rivals Middlesex at Lord’s.
The Scoop 14/06/12