June 15, 2012
Surrey made it two wins from as many games last night when they defeated London rivals Middlesex at Lord’s in the FLT20 competition.
Batting first, Surrey yet again found themselves in trouble early when they were restricted to 32/4. However the innings was re built by Gary Wilson and Matthew Spriegel. The pair put on an unbeaten 117 for the 5th wicket equalling the record for the highest 5th wicket partnership in the competitions history, and helping Surrey to a competitive 149/5 from their 20 overs.
The partnership was built around good running between the wickets, as well as the ability to put the bad ball away. Spriegel finished on 53 not out from 46 balls, with Wilson’s unbeaten 54 coming off just 40 deliveries. The stocky right hander hit 3 fours and 2 sixes in this effort.
Middlesex would have fancied their chances of chasing 150 for victory, but it was again Surrey’s slow bowlers that proved difficult to get away. Paul Stirling top scored for the home side with 36 but he was removed by the in-form Gareth Batty. Batty finished with figures of 4-13 from his 4 impressive overs.
When the rain came, Middlesex were 99-8, meaning that Surrey won the match by 28 runs on the Duckworth Lewis method.
Surrey now have two days off before travelling to Kent where they will be hoping to make it three wins from three.
In other matches yesterday there was a win for Derbyshire who beat Lancashire by 17 runs, and Gloucestershire’s match against Somerset was called off without a ball being bowled due to heavy rain in South-West England.
The Scoop 15/06/12