Roy's the boy for Surrey
Talented young batsman Jason Roy guided Surrey to a four-wicket win over Hampshire in a low-scoring Clydesdale Bank 40 Group B match at the Rose Bowl.
The 20-year-old top-scored in the game with 76 to help ease Surrey home with more than six overs to spare and make it two wins from two for the Lions in this year’s competition.
Chasing Hampshire's meagre 141 all out made in 30 overs, Surrey were in trouble at 45 for five. But Roy was joined by Matthew Spriegel in a match-winning stand of 95 as Hampshire ran out of ideas.
Roy hit four fours and a six and faced 108 balls, but it was his ability to dig in during a crisis which proved vital to Surrey.
Hampshire chose to bat first and were in trouble from the start, losing openers Jimmy Adams and James Vince with only 16 on the board.
There was only one partnership of note: 41 for the fourth between Liam Dawson and experienced South African Neil McKenzie.
Jade Dernbach did most of the damage, bowling the dangerous Adams in his first over and then returning to demolish the tail; removing Benny Howell and Dominic Cork likewise - the latter first ball - before having last man Danny Briggs caught behind.
Yasir Arafat and Tim Linley each took two wickets and Dawson was the only home batsman who made any impression, hitting 34 with only two boundaries.
But if Surrey thought their target was a simple one, they were wrong because their openers Rory Hamilton-Brown, who was lbw to Chris Wood, and Steven Davies were out by the third over. Soon Zander de Bruyn, who was Simon Jones’ second wicket, and Tom Maynard followed - the latter to Briggs.
Briggs then bowled Gary Wilson first ball as the left-arm spinner made an instant impression with two wickets in his opening over.
At that point Hampshire must have fancied their chances of a second win of the season, having beating holders Warwickshire a week ago.
However Roy and Spriegel began the task of repairing the damage, taking few chances but moving Surrey within sight of their target.
Wood prevented Roy finishing off the job by bowling him at the start of the 33rd over, but Chris Schofield got the two runs required from the only ball he faced.
Spriegel was 29 not out and Briggs the most economical of the Hampshire bowlers, taking 2-27 from eight overs.