Aussie duo of Finch and Maddinson see Surrey home to comfortable Blast win. 16th August 2018
15th August 2018
SURREY vs HAMPSHIRE
Vitality Blast Wednesday 15th August 2018
Peter Moore at the Kia Oval
Hampshire 133-7 (20) Surrey 136-3 (17.3)
Surrey won by 7 wickets
Surrey inflicted more misery on Hampshire’s Vitality blast, as they raced to a comfortable seven wicket victory and in so doing sent Hampshire to their ninth defeat in 13 games.
Hampshire posted a disappointing 133 for 7 in their 20 overs. Despite the hosts losing Jason roy in the first over of their reply, Aussie duo Nic Maddinson and Aaron Finch took the home side to within touching distance of victory.
Surrey welcomed back Australian Aaron Finch for this must win Blast game, after Finch missed three Blast matches last week after returning to Australia for a family bereavement. With just two group games remaining, Surrey knew they had to win both games to stand any chance of qualifying for the quarter-final stage of the competition.
Hampshire, who have only had one victory so far in the Blast, won the toss and elected to bat. The visitors added 30 runs inside four overs when James Vince(18) steered Rikki Clarke to extra cover for his 15th wicket so far in this seasons competition. Morne Morkel had Rilee Riossouw(23) caught before Gareth Batty claimed the wicket of Tom Alsop(17) reverse sweeping, to leave Hampshire 83 for 3 in the 12th over.
Tom Curran returned to have Joe Weatherley (9) caught behind as the visitors struggled to post a competitive total on a slow wicket. Captain Jade Dernbach bagged two wickets in six balls in the penultimate over of the day by bowling Sam Northeast(37) and Gareth Berg(1) as Surrey restricted Hampshire to 133 for 7 in their 20 overs.
In pursuit of their modest target, Surrey lost Jason Roy sweeping(0) first ball he received after being bowled by 17-year-old Afghanistan off break bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman. Dale Steyn made an immediate impact with a slower ball that deceived young Will Jacks(7) who skied a catch to Northeast to leave Surrey 25 for 2 in the fourth over. The Australian pairing of Finch and Nic Maddinson took Surrey to within 17 of their target, after putting on 92 for the third wicket. Both survived chances after being dropped of Liam Dawson’s bowling,Finch on 18 with Maddinson 31, before Ur Rahman was bought back into the attack and duly had Maddinson stumped for 41. It was to little to late to have any effect on the result as Finch hit the winning runs to the boundary boards to complete a comfortable victory for the hosts with 15 deliveries remaining. The Australian Finch is having a Vitality Blast campaign to remember, currently averaging an incredible 136.25, having already scored 545 runs to date. Surrey still harbour hopes of reaching the quarter-finals, but will have to beat Glamorgan at Cardiff on Friday, with still everything to play for.
Meanwhile, Surrey All Rounder Scott Borthwick has broken his wrist in training. The injury has ruled him out of this weekends day/night Specsavers County Championship game against Lancashire at the Kia Oval.