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Matthew Spriegel

Matthew Spriegel put Surrey on course to continue their unbeaten run in the Clydesdale Bank 40 after making 82 not out off 73 balls

Matthew Spriegel was in superb form with the bat as Surrey maintained their perfect start to the Clydesdale Bank 40 with a comfortable 48-run win over Group B rivals Scotland in Edinburgh.

The visitors always looked on target for a fourth victory in as many games after some devastating late hitting from Spriegel helped them to 257 for seven batting first.

Scotland’s bowlers had done well to rein in Surrey after an initial onslaught from Steven Davies and Jason Roy, but Spriegel helped his side take 52 from the final 20 deliveries as he finished unbeaten on 82 from 73 balls.

It proved a match-winning burst as Scotland battled manfully in pursuit and, although Neil McCallum top-scored with 53 from 51 balls, they failed to supply the same type of power hitting to finish on 209 for nine.

After his batting heroics, Spriegel claimed the first Scotland wicket when he bowled Fraser Watts, and when fellow opener Ryan Flannigan fell from the last ball of the 10th over Scotland were 50 for two.

By contrast, Surrey had been 93 for one at the same stage - after Davies and Roy’s powerful start - but the hosts patiently built towards the total in the middle overs thanks to a 72-run stand between McCallum and Preston Mommsen for the fifth wicket.

Mommsen departed for a run-a-ball 45 when when England Lions seamer Jade Dernbach had him caught by Tom Maynard, but with McCallum in touch Scotland reached 200 in the 37th over - the same stage Surrey passed the mark.

Whereas Spriegel stepped up another couple of gears, McCallum could not, despite twice clearing the ropes, as he also perished to Dernbach shortly after reaching his half-century to end home hopes.

Earlier, Surrey made a blistering start to their innings as they quickly overcame the second-over loss of skipper Rory Hamilton-Brown when he offered a return catch to Matthew Parker.

Davies and Roy flayed the Scotland attack in the initial overs as they scored at more than nine an over in a devastating 89-run stand.

Davies was particularly brutal, smashing 40 from 28 balls, but his dismissal slowed the rate as Surrey lost three wickets for 17 runs.

Roy looked equally at ease in racing to a 33-ball fifty, but he was stumped for 52 trying to take the long handle to off-spinner Majid Haq, who then also accounted for Maynard.

It served to bring caution to Surrey’s batting and the loss of Zander de Bruyn for 35 and Chris Schofield for four, both to 20-year-old seamer Josh Davey, pulled the handbrake further as Spriegel offered only sporadic evidence of the late hitting to come.

The visitors had only just passed 200 in the 37th over when Gareth Batty departed, but it served as a green light for Spriegel to open his shoulders, clearing the boundary on three occasions in what proved a decisive late charge.