Surrey open account in Blast, after local win against Essex.13th June 2018
12th JULY 2018
SURREY vs ESSEX EAGLES
222-4 (20) 183-7 (20)
Surrey won by 39 runs
Thursday 12th July 2018
Peter Moore at the Kia Oval
Surrey recorded their first Vitality Blast win of the South Group campaign, after seeing off Essex by 39 runs. Surrey posted 222-4, which fell just two short of their highest ever T20 total, thanks to fine contributions from Aaron Finch, Ben Foakes and Rikki Clarke with the bat and Gareth Batty with the ball. Only Varun Chopra with a 46 ball knock of 67 threatened, despite a fine start from the visitors. For the Eagles it was a second defeat from their opening three games.
Surrey won the toss and elected to bat first in front of another sell out crowd at the Kia Oval. Rory Burns immediately took 12 runs of the opening over from Jamie Porter, with four boundaries. Burns wasn’t to last much longer when he holed out to deep square leg off Matt Coles first ball, without adding to his total. The Australian Aaron Finch was dropped in the deep by Coles when he had made 16, but Essex struck again when fellow Australian Nic Maddinson- making his home debut for the hosts- was caught at mid off to leave Surrey 33-2 in the fourth over.
Ben Foakes and Finch added 86 for the third wicket when Finch(58) skied the ball up in the air where Adam Zampa took a return catch to end a fine partnership of 86 inside eight overs. Foakes’s innings was ended when he holed out in the deep off Zampa for 56 which came of 35 deliveries.
Surrey’s total of 222-4 was helped by an over from Coles which yielded 25 runs, along side an unbroken partnership of 68 between Rikki Clarke(48*) and Ollie Pope(31) which came of just 28 balls, to propel Surrey to a very useful total for Essex to chase down.
The Eagles opening partnership of Adam Wheater and Varun Chopra got the visitors of to a flying start by putting on 56 inside five overs before Wheater(30) was caught in the deep of Mat Pillians. At the half way point, thanks to an undefeated 44 from Chopra, the Eagles were still in the hunt and keeping up with the asking rate of 11 an over as the visitors were 100-1, still needing a further 123 for victory.
Gareth Batty’s third over produced the wickets of Tom Westley(23) stumped and Ravi Bopara(2) bowled as Surrey started to take a firm grip of the game. There was still time for Batty to have the Essex skipper tenDoeschate(10) edging behind to Foakes to leave Essex 128-4 after 14 overs, with a mountain to climb to reach their target. Batty finishing up with the impressive figures of 3-36 from his four overs as the hosts were well on course for victory. Despite 67 from Chopra, before he was run out, Essex were struggling to keep up with the run rate as wickets fell at regular intervals, with the visitors falling well short of their target, as Surrey opened their account in this seasons Vitality Blast, at the third attempt of asking.