Hamilton-Brown leads way in run-fest
Surrey maintained their hopes of securing a semi-final place in the Clydesdale Bank 40 with a comfortable 39-run victory in a high-scoring match against Glamorgan at the Brit Insurance Oval.
The Lions racked up 386 for three – a record total in 40-over cricket, although their innings spanned only 38 – sparked by a maiden one-day hundred for Rory Hamilton-Brown and an elegant 88 off 63 balls from Steven Davies.
Mark Ramprakash and Matthew Spriegel then went on to share an unbroken stand of 142 for the fourth wicket.
Chasing a revised target of 227 in 20 overs, the Dragons battled bravely without ever threatening to turn the contest on its head.
Mark Cosgrove hit 88 off 55 balls, sharing in a rousing fifth-wicket partnership of 85 in six overs with Jamie Dalrymple, who made 54 not out off 23 deliveries.
In a match initially reduced to 38 overs per side, Surrey set off at nearly 10 runs an over after being inserted by the visitors.
They were able to maintain that rate even after Hamilton-Brown and Davies were parted in the 20th over with the total on 190.
Hamilton-Brown’s fifty came off only 33 deliveries. Davies was no slouch either, his half-century taking just 44 balls.
Hamilton-Brown brought the 50 up for the Lions in the fifth over with a huge on-driven six off Will Owen. Six overs later Davies posted the pair’s third three-figure opening stand in this season’s competition by dispatching Robert Croft through extra-cover for four.
Having lifted Dean Cosker and David Brown over long-on for maximums, Davies was eventually caught at long-off off Cosgrove.
Glamorgan let Hamilton-Brown off the hook on three occasions – on 24, when he should have been run out at the non-striker’s end, on 40, when Mark Wallace missed a stumping chance off Cosker, and on 95, when he edged a drive past the wicketkeeper, again off Cosker.
The second and third reprieves were immediately followed up with Hamilton-Brown sixes.
He finally departed in the 25th over for 115 off 69 balls, holing out to long-on, though not before Huw Waters had caught and bowled Stewart Walters for 18.
Surrey were not finished there. Ramprakash raced to his 79th domestic one-day fifty, which he reached in just 35 deliveries, and brought up the 100 partnership in the 36th over with the second of four successive boundaries off Owen.
Ramprakash ended up with 85 not out from 46 balls. Spriegel’s contribution to Surrey’s mammoth total was an unbeaten 56 in 39 deliveries.
Croft was caught behind off Chris Tremlett in the fifth over of Glamorgan’s reply, whereupon the heavens opened. When play resumed, the visitors refused to lie down, despite losing Will Bragg and Brown cheaply.
Tom Maynard made a breezy 19, which included a six over third man off on-loan Lancashire paceman Steven Cheetham, but the bulk of the entertainment was supplied by Cosgrove and Dalrymple.