Maynard and Ansari propel Surrey
Half-centuries from Tom Maynard and Zafar Ansari helped Surrey maintain their winning start to the Clydesdale Bank 40 as they overcame Durham by 60 runs at the Kia Oval.
After winning the toss and electing to bat Surrey were in trouble on 47 for three - with Mitchell Claydon striking thrice in 12 balls - but Maynard’s 77 steadied the ship and Ansari’s unbeaten 60 helped the hosts to 221 for seven.
Durham lost wickets at regular intervals to undermine their chase and they were eventually dismissed for 161, with Jade Dernbach, Stuart Meaker, Matthew Spriegel and Gareth Batty claiming two wickets apiece.
The win was defending CB40 champions Surrey’s third of the campaign and keeps them top of Group B, while Durham slipped to their first defeat.
Steven Davies, Rory Hamilton-Brown and Jason Roy all made bright starts, but Claydon left the hosts reeling.
Davies, attempting to cut, was caught behind and two overs later, Hamilton-Brown was bowled on the walk, trying to repeat the stroke that had just brought him a four off Graham Onions.
In the eighth over, Roy crunched two successive fours off Claydon, who had his revenge when he found some extra bounce and the 21-year-old batsman edged behind.
Maynard added 58 in tandem with Zander de Bruyn but, in the space of four balls, de Bruyn was bowled through the gate by Gareth Breese and Spriegel was undone by a turning delivery from Scott Borthwick.
Maynard then joined forces with Ansari, putting on 85 in 15 overs for the sixth wicket.
Having taken the batting powerplay at start of the 34th over, Surrey added 62 runs in the final six overs.
Maynard eventually fell, caught low down at extra cover off Onions having faced 94 balls, though not before Ansari had lifted Claydon over midwicket for six.
Ansari then took charge, bringing up a 51-ball half-century, which he celebrated by pulling Onions for a maximum. The young all-rounder finished unbeaten on 60 off 54 deliveries.
In reply, Durham lost Phil Mustard when the left-hander mis-cued Dernbach to Roy at mid-off in the third over.
Ben Stokes swung Meaker over backward square-leg for six only to be stumped off Spriegel, who struck again four overs later when Mark Stoneman was caught down the leg side to make it 59 for three.
Without taking any undue risks, Gordon Muchall and Paul Collingwood combined to add 61 in 14 overs.
But the pendulum swung in Surrey’s favour in the 28th over when Collingwood was bowled for 32, looking to sweep off-spinner Batty.
With Will Smith playing on to Dernbach and Muchall picking out Maynard at long-on off Batty having made 41, the visitors were left needing 89 off the last nine overs.
Things went from bad to worse for Durham when Breese had to retire hurt with an injury to his right ankle.
Liam Plunkett defiantly launched Dernbach straight back over his head for six, but ran out of partners when Meaker bowled Onions and Claydon with successive deliveries.