Davies quick to end waiting game

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Rory Hamilton-Brown and Steven Davies’ decisive opening partnership was well worth waiting for, according to the wicketkeeper-batsman.

Having last week endured the frustration of an LV= County Championship washout with Durham at the Kia Oval, Hamilton-Brown and Davies yesterday made hay although the sun was not shining.

Surrey were asked to bat first in ideal conditions for seam bowlers, but their openers put on 163 inside 23 overs to aid a commanding total of 295 for six against a weakened Somerset attack.

Despite 53 at the top of the order from Nick Compton, the visitors could not cope with the stiff run-rate and disciplined bowling.

Like in September’s final versus the same opponents, Surrey won comfortably - this time by a massive 105 runs.

Hamilton-Brown’s 101 from 89 balls earned him the match award, but Davies scored faster than his captain during a fluent 72, which occupied just 58 deliveries.

Steven Davies

Surrey opener Steven Davies, who raced to 72 versus Somerset, later said: “It's always nice to get some runs. I feel pretty good."

“It’s always nice, especially after two weeks away from cricket, to get a good first-wicket stand,” Davies said.

“Rory batted really well. You know, I really enjoy batting with him, and it was a decent start.”

Hamilton-Brown is certainly Surrey’s in-form batsman, having made 284 runs in his six championship innings this year.

The right-hander, who also favours an aggressive approach in first-class cricket, was in his element today with 11 fours and two sixes.

“He’s in great form. He’s batted really well at the start of the season,” Davies added.

“He’s in great nick and it was nice to watch him from the other end today. He batted beautifully and hit his areas well. I’m really pleased for him.”

Davies himself is in fine fettle with the bat, striking 10 boundaries today.

He hopes to continue that form in Surrey’s next CB40 game, against Scotland in Edinburgh tomorrow.

“It was alright,” he modestly said. “It's always nice to get some runs. I feel pretty good.

“Even though we haven’t played, I’ve netted well. Hopefully more of the same on Sunday.”

Although Surrey beat them home and away last year in this competition, Davies is not underestimating tomorrow’s opponents.

“We’re playing Scotland, which is a huge game for us,” he added.

“They’re not to be taken lightly, they’re a decent side. We go up there tomorrow and we’re looking for the points.”

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