Maynard propels Surrey
Tom Maynard’s unbeaten half-century helped Surrey to a 21-run victory over London rivals Middlesex at the Kia Oval - despite Scott Newman top-scoring with 61 from 57 balls against his former employers.
Captain Rory Hamilton-Brown and Jason Roy got Surrey off to a brilliant start before Maynard’s 50 not out off 37 balls and some lower-order hitting from Yasir Arafat carried Surrey to 163 for five.
Having single-handedly kept the Panthers’ run-chase afloat, Newman was eventually dismissed in the final over as Surrey clinched their third win and inflicted a seventh defeat in eight games on Middlesex.
The visitors made a solid if unspectacular start chasing Surrey’s total of 163 for five through skipper Neil Dexter and Irish opener Paul Stirling, who put on 29 before Dexter edged a Stuart Meaker leg-cutter behind.
Having conceded only a single from his opening over, off-spinner Gareth Batty switched ends to snare Stirling lbw for 34 when he missed a reverse-sweep.
Needing 95 from the last nine overs, Newman moved up a gear against his former side to flay 12 off Meaker’s next over, but Batty restricted Dawid Malan and Newman to six from the 13th over and Hamilton-Brown did even better to keep them down to two from his next over of off-spin.
The asking rate had escalated to 12.4 with five overs remaining, but Malan and Newman clubbed 17 off Yasir Arafat’s next over with Newman reaching a 46-ball fifty.
Hamilton-Brown conceded only two from the 18th over and Dirk Nannes leaked just five in the penultimate over to leave Middlesex with too much to do. Newman fell to a Yasir Arafat yorker with two balls remaining.
After electing to bat first, Surrey lost opener Steven Davies after 13 balls when he was caught behind to a top-edged pull off Steven Crook, but otherwise it was a roaring start for the Lions.
Captain Hamilton-Brown clattered six fours in his 20-ball 30, while Roy clubbed the first six of the night off Crook on his way to 32 as Surrey raced to 50 for one after five overs.
The introduction of Dexter’s military medium-pace and the left-arm spin of Tom Smith sparked the loss of four wickets in a shade more than eight overs.
Hamilton-Brown chopped on against Dexter, Roy missed a slog-sweep to have his stumps rearranged by the same bowler, and Zander de Bruyn nicked to the wicketkeeper for three to give Dexter 3-18.
After a tenacious four-over spell that cost only 20, Smith gave way to Tim Murtagh, who bowled Gary Wilson for 11 to bring together Maynard and Yasir Arafat for an unbroken sixth-wicket stand worth 55 in 4.3 overs.
Maynard cantered to a half-century from 37 balls and Arafat added 28 from 17 deliveries, plundering 20 from the last over of the innings from Crook.