Hamilton-Brown hails Surrey duo
Surrey skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown paid tribute to Zander de Bruyn and Zafar Ansari after the duo set up a valuable 18-run triumph over Glamorgan in the Friends Life t20.
De Bruyn struck 70 not out and shared an unbroken partnership of 92 in just 51 balls with youngster Ansari as Surrey compiled a competitive total of 169 for four.
Glamorgan found it tough to keep up with the required rate in reply and finished on 151 for seven, despite a 27-ball 46 from Graham Wagg.
“It’s always tough to know but I thought 169 was a very good score,” Hamilton-Brown told ecb.co.uk.
“It was something we didn’t look like we were going to get after 10 overs, so we had Zafar and especially Zander play absolutely exceptional innings.
“When you have a partnership like Zafar and Zander put on, it’s fantastic.”
Surrey now lie fifth in the South Group and retain high hopes of securing a quarter-final berth.
However, Hamilton-Brown added: “We’re not taking too much notice of the table at the minue, we know we’ve got to string some wins together to be in contention.
“For me, it’s about re-focussing and trying to get on a roll in this competition.”
De Bruyn admitted he was unsure whether Surrey had done enough with the bat, despite his fine 52-ball innings, which contained six fours and one six.
However, with Gareth Batty returning 2-23 from four overs and Ansari chipping in with similarly economical figures of 1-24, Glamorgan were eventually defeated.
“To be honest with you, I thought 170, 180 would be a decent total and we ended up with 169 so I thought we were a bit under-par going into our second half,” de Bruyn explained.
“But we knew that our spinners would get into the game because there was a bit of turn. We knew they would be effective on that wicket, so we just went in and bowled all our slow bowlers and it worked out in the end.”