De Bruyn and Roy punish Glamorgan
Zander de Bruyn and Jason Roy hit vital half-centuries as Surrey overcame Glamorgan by 18 runs in their Friends Life t20 South Group clash at the SWALEC Stadium.
Surrey posted a challenging 169 for four thanks to Roy and then de Bruyn, who shared an unbroken stand of 92 for the fifth wicket with Zafar Ansari in just 51 balls.
In all, 102 runs came from the last 10 overs, including 65 from the final five.
Glamorgan were always behind the rate in reply and could make only 151 for seven despite Graham Wagg’s valiant 46 from 27 balls.
Glamorgan looked as if they were going to restrict Surrey to a much smaller total when they reduced them to 42 for three on a pitch that was to offer increasing turn.
Skipper Alviro Petersen gambled by opening the innings with his off-spin but it paid off as he removed Steven Davies for a duck by pinning back his off stump.
Two overs later Chris Cooke pulled off a fine catch at extra cover to dismiss captain Rory Hamilton-Brown and give James Harris a wicket with his first ball in this year's tournament.
Former Glamorgan batsman Tom Maynard struck Harris for six over long-off, but in the next over the bowler had his revenge when Maynard was caught at backward square-leg.
Roy hit Croft, who only bowled two overs, for a straight six to bring up his half-century from 31 balls before he was caught at midwicket off Simon Jones.
But the turning point in Surrey's innings was Gareth Rees dropping de Bruyn at long-on off Jones on 27. He made the most of his let-off, sweeping Dean Cosker for a six and a four from consecutive balls as 49 came from the final four overs. The South African finished 70 not out from 52 balls.
Glamorgan's reply was not helped by the fact they lost their overseas openers in the opening eight overs, Petersen caught at extra cover and Mark Cosgrove stumped off Ansari.
Rees was caught and bowled by Gareth Batty for two and, although Wagg tried his best to get Glamorgan back in it, they appeared likely to finish second best even before they required 50 from the last three overs.